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Eliminating the 5 Enemies of Perseverance

Author: Chris Stinson, Performance Improvement Director

As I watched highlights from this year’s ESPY Awards, I couldn’t help but reflect on the message delivered by Rob Mendez about perseverance.  Rob is a California high school football coach that was born without arms or legs because of a rare syndrome called Tetra-Amelia.  Despite the doubt when he took over as head coach in 2018, his team finished the season 8-2.

Rob’s journey toward success started way before he hit the gridiron sideline.  His parents and extended family pushed him to live as normal a life as possible, and taught him to continuously push his limits.  As he stated at the award show, “When you dedicate yourself to something, and open your mind to different possibilities… focusing on what you can do vs what you can’t do, you really can go places in this world.”

As I listened to his journey, I asked myself, “How does this relate to Versa’s story and the true power of perseverance? What does it truly mean to persevere?”

Diving into the topic more, I found the following quote to be very powerful.

“Perseverance begins with the right attitude – an attitude of tenacity. But the desire to persevere alone isn’t enough to keep most people going when they are tired or discouraged. Perseverance is a trait that can be cultivated. And the initial step to developing it is to eliminate its five greatest enemies.”

So below I have provided a list of the 5 greatest enemies to help provide more context on how perseverance can be cultivated to support the path ahead:

1) A Lifestyle of Giving Up

  • Talent without perseverance never comes to full fruition!
  • When we’re presented with opportunities, we are programmed to want to take the easy route. However, taking the difficult path will allow us to see our talent come to full fruition.

2) A Wrong Belief that Life Should be Easy

  • Having the right expectations going into anything is half the battle. 
  • Expectations don’t always match reality.  Properly manage your expectations!

3) A Wrong Belief that Success is a Destination

  • If you think you have arrived, then you’re in trouble. Success is not a destination! Success is a path we choose to walk down each day.
  • When we stop seizing opportunities, we hit plateaus. With a bit of perseverance, we can move beyond our “success” and through open doors.

4) A Lack of Resiliency

  • . We must not become dry, brittle, and inflexible!
  • We can’t let discouraging moments break us. Persevering through tough times provides us with the ability to go beyond our talent.

5) A Lack of Vision

  • People who display perseverance keep a larger vision in mind as they toil away at their craft or profession. They see in their mind’s eye what they want to create or do, and they keep working toward it.
  • As we continue the Versa journey, I encourage all that read this to take a personal inventory of the list above and to ask yourself, “How can I help cultivate more perseverance in myself and my fellow colleagues to make Versa successful?”  #WhoSaysICant

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