Today was an exercise in perseverance. In fact, the past week has been a true test of my spirit and muscle. Sometimes you just have one of those hours, days, weeks, months, even years where, well, for lack of a more graceful phrase, the shit just keeps flying at you.
In response to all this flying shit, you become a Boxer, bobbing and weaving to avoid getting hit and knocked over. Or even worse, knocked out.
Being knocked out by flying shit…not a pleasant thought.
We all have things we want, goals we wish to achieve and more often than not, the going gets hard. Even worse, they don’t work out the first time. That’s right, failure.
This is where perseverance kicks in. Like a Boxer in a Fight, you have more than one Round ahead of you, and you may not win them all, but if you deliver enough good punches throughout the majority, you will be declared the winner.
When our quest for the goal fails or stalls, whether it be a career, health, happiness, fitness, finding a significant other, no matter what it is, many of us simply give up. We immediately say “I can’t do this, it’s too hard,” and that’s it, your quest is over before it truly began.
I compare that to Manny Pacquiao giving up a Boxing Match in the First Round because he took a hard left hook to the eye. Would he do that? No, why should we?
However it’s easier to stop our quest, call the Boxing Match and resume our bad behavior. Let’s use smoking, something I personally quit 16 years ago as an example.
Smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. I have personally witnessed so many people quit, have ONE cigarette and go immediately back to smoking. I have had a cigarette on a couple of occasions over the 16 year break and it didn’t make me want to smoke again.
Change won’t occur if we give up fighting after the First Round. There are still more Rounds to fight!
I like this next quote by G.B. Shaw, it drives home why perseverance in the face of adversity is so important:
I haven’t lost any more weight this week, I have simply maintained the weight I lost 2 weeks ago. What a bummer. I have been eating like a pigeon. Many days I am at 1100 calories and not hungry since cutting out sugar. I thought going on The 100 diet by Jorge Cruise would be my answer to all things.
I could give up, go get me some Cheez-Its (I miss those), eat half the box and say to myself, “this diet isn’t working”. But I wont, that’s not doing my health quest any good and it shows my Sons that I am ready to quit at the first sign of failure. My Sons need a strong female role model. I need to continue the Fight.
I will keep fighting the Fight, I am not ready to give up yet. Like Manny, I have a few more rounds left in the Fight to throw some prime punches and catch my opponent off-guard. Then I deliver the knock out punch.
If you’re feeling apprehensive about continuing on your quest, and giving up your Fight, I hope that you read this and take away a small shred of inspiration to continue to persevere.
Yes YOU have to try again! 💋 ~ Miranda