My word this week is Persistence. When I selected that mindset for the week I was not physically sick; but, within 24 hours (Monday afternoon and evening) my chest and sinuses where congested along with some chills. Suddenly, the concept of persistence toke on a totally different mindset for me. On Tuesday, I did my normal routine and kept all my business appointments. On Wednesday, the same mindset – nothing got canceled. Thursday, when I did not get out of bed until 2 hours later than my normal getting out of bedtime, I knew this “illness” was bigger than any persistence I had inside of me. And then my physical endurance along with persistence ended. I did what I could on Thursday however, I did cancel business meetings. And the same thing happened on Friday (today). My Saturday has only one business commitment – and I will honor that commitment in the morning. Due to the snow storm, we are supposed to get on this coming Sunday my 8-hour continuing education class has already been changed to one week later. So in summary, my initial mindset of persistence did not happen the way I thought it would. Out of 7 days, only 4.5 followed my calendar’s commitments. That left 2.5 days with no business commitments – so I took 2-hour afternoon naps and had uninterrupted segments of getting the paperwork completed.
I know life is about the ability to change. And, my concept of Persistence changed this week. Persistence now means to me that I make the best use of my time in the present moment. I can be relentless about working my business which has several kinds of working components. I am not healthy enough to be around people – but, I am healthy enough to cough on the papers in front of me as I am blowing my nose. This has become a season for me to regroup. These days have become a gift of alone time with paperwork projects from My God. I would much rather be with people than paperwork projects — BUT, persistence this week turned out to be getting projects of paperwork completed. And this is not what I wanted, however; it is what my business and life needed. I learned to go with the changes and find my compass. Life is grand — we just need to change our perception and expectations on situations over which we have no control of.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”