As I “pen” this blog, the scripture that I just referenced helped me remember what we need to do: LOOK UP! In Him is where all our strength, help, hope and refuge lies! It’s crazy how the devil will do everything in his power to keep your head down, buckled over in despair. And it’s simply because that if you look up toward God, you will begin to receive exactly what you need. It’s as if you’re absorbing the sun beams for physical and emotional energy, like a recharged battery; and it’s because His presence is beyond those clouds in the sky!
Perseverance is the toughest action that we decide to do. Most things don’t just happen overnight,and many of us don’t realize this until later on in life, or after we’ve given up. Or perhaps, you’re like me and just didn’t observe that you’ve been prepping for perseverance all along! As I reflect on my youth, I’ve become aware that this is precisely what I’ve been doing, and it has prepared me for one the most ‘persevering’ experiences that I never expected to encounter: entrepreneurship. It’s one of the most slow-moving, highs-and-lows,gut-wrenching, stick-it-out time periods in my existence! I like to think of it as a beautiful nightmare, where’s there’s so much potential to for success mixed with the fear of the unknown.
I am so grateful to have learned not to be a quitter- not giving up so quickly through good and bad things. Here are a few high (and low)lights of the perseverance training that I have personally experienced:
- Piano Practice: Every day after returning home from school, I had to practice the piano, before attending my piano lesson instructor on Mondays. Most times I dreaded practicing; but, it was almost impossible to complain because I was the one who literally begged my mother to sign me up for them! Even though I dreaded the routine of practicing, I enjoyed the result of putting in the work: beautiful music, that became effortless because of time spent practicing!
- Sports: I’ve been playing organized sports since I was in the sixth grade. I worked hard to make the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and in the off seasons, played softball and ran track. Today, I’m still a runner and compete for personal best times in 5 and 10Ks and half-marathons. You can’t just show up to the starting line of a race and expect to do well. It requires weeks, sometimes months of training!
- Higher Education-Obtaining a master’s degree was one of the most disciplined things I’ve ever done. I returned to school in my early thirties when there was more to do than just being a full-time student. I worked, nursed and took care of my newborn baby, and studied. God, prayer, and bottomless cups of coffee helped me earn the certificate that stated I completed my course studies. It’s an accomplishment that no one can belittle or steal from me!
- Working Multiple Jobs-Working more than one job has helped me create and maintain a schedule. I wake up early-well before the other members in my house open their eyes (including the dog) and work on items that I know have to be done before the end of the day. I’m living a “wash, rinse, repeat” life cycle right now: continue to work through the day, eat,sleep, and do it all over again!
As I was (and still am) in these moments, I did not take the time to stop and think about what I should be learning (another life lesson). Now that I have forced myself to reflect, I have realized that those daily routines of physical actions taught me how to be patient. They also taught me how to persevere. When you start something new, you’re never as good as you want to be. So what does one do if she wants to be included in the circle of ‘best’? She trains!
- Do research on the activities that will make you better.
- Surround yourself with like-minded goals.
- Seek out a mentor and ask for help
“There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow.”-Napoleon Hill
There are many places and people that I draw inspiration from on a daily basis. Right now, my biggest motivator that spurs on perseverance is knowing that it won’t always be like this. If I keep trying, keep receiving and appreciating the small victories, and continue to put in the work that moves me toward success, then I will achieve my goals.
There is no secret to success; it only requires hard work and determination.You can do the same!
JRobinson, Owner and Founder, JRobinson Digital Media Services
Freedom: It’s what we all claim to want. The freedom to choose, set your own schedule, and do whatever you want when you want. But freedom isn’t free; it’s cost requires sacrifice, perseverance, persistence and the ability to get back up after you’ve fallen for the 1,000th time.
Those who reach freedom’s goal aren’t the lucky or chosen ones. They are the people that had a dream and turned it into reality through hard work, sweat and tears, and a whole lot of faith. So what does the price of freedom look like? Let me paint a visual picture of the people who choose freedom.
She is the person that works while others sleep. He takes an extra hour to study for the test while his friends party. They take on a second or third part-time job to pay for their dreams.They choose to run the extra mile or stay after practice to shoot extra free-throws while their teammates have already returned home. He uses his lunch breaks to perform market research and draft a plan to establish his own business. She does household chores, feeds her family and puts the baby to sleep, then stays awake to work on the goals that will bring her freedom.
The work to achieve freedom is ugly. It’s like crawling through mud; walking on rocks; and getting burned a hundred times; but, it’s worth it. The person who gains freedom is now in control of his or her own destiny. Everything they did to obtain it are the skills they will rely on to keep it. This person now knows how far she can push herself to get what she wants. He knows there is reward in perseverance and not giving up.
Are you sure that you’re a freedom seeker? If so, what are you doing to achieve it? If you have a dream that you’ve implemented, let us help you promote it! JRobinson Digital Media Services started as a dream and it’s founder is free and in charge of her own destiny! We’re happy to help you do the same!
Keep chasing your dreams,
JRobinson, Owner & Founder, JRobinsonDMS