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Forcing It Isn’t the Only Way to Persist

Last Updated: February 5, 2024 by Team

There’s a kind of pain known as, “I could have, but didn’t keep at it.”

Ambitious goals can dissolve over the slightest excuses.

In reality, perseverance is a skill that can be cultivated through self-awareness and understanding.

Your Perseverance Relates to Your Desire

Often, our inability to persist isn’t about not being able to endure hardship but rather about not wanting something badly enough.

I’ve always struggled with physical stamina, pushing through runs despite headaches and nausea.

This led to significant dread before each run, compounded by quickly abandoned weight loss goals.

Yet, this past year, I’ve embraced morning runs for a simple reason: they offer a moment of solitude.

As a mother of two, even a quick bathroom break feels luxurious.

Early mornings, leaving the kids with family and hitting the quiet streets for fresh air and music, became my refuge.

Despite physical discomforts, the freedom to step outside outweighed them all.

What seemed insurmountable became manageable with a slower pace and controlled breathing.

Persistence is a balance between pain and psychological need. When need outweighs pain, perseverance becomes a path to fulfilling oneself.

Follow your heart, and your actions will follow, mobilizing all potential for what truly matters to you.

Your Perseverance Relates to Your Pace

Setting goals often leads to an initial burst of effort that’s unsustainable.

From zero to full-on workouts, from not reading at all to burning the midnight oil, from never stretching to ambitious yoga poses—such fervor fades fast.

Perseverance isn’t about constant exertion; it’s about finding a sustainable pace.

Haruki Murakami balances writing and running with a disciplined yet gentle routine, fearing both laziness and overexertion.

Persistence, he suggests, involves a steady, manageable pace that keeps the “wheel of habit” turning smoothly.

It’s about progressing step by step and acting within your means each day, finding and maintaining your rhythm without force or slack.

Your Perseverance Relates to Your Mindset

Another reason we fail to persist is overthinking.

Expecting immediate transformation after minimal effort sets us up for disappointment.

Murakami’s early indifference to literary awards reflected a focus on personal satisfaction over external validation.

He pursued writing and running for himself, setting and meeting his own goals.

This lack of desire strengthened his resolve, allowing him to engage more fully in his passions.

Forcing oneself to endure isn’t the right way to persist; pain isn’t the essence of perseverance.

When struggling to keep at it, take a moment to reflect, unearth your inner drive, find your rhythm, and seek a calmer mindset rather than pushing yourself to the brink.

Every goal and effort is just a small part of life’s journey. Even if persistence doesn’t yield immediate results, the right habits empower us for future challenges.

True perseverance allows us to confidently say, “I’ve done my part; the rest is up to fate.”

Live without regrets, fulfilling your life’s potential.

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