Coach Vince Lombardi said, “It’s not whether  you get knocked down, but whether you get back up.” The definition of perseverance is the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

Setting goals like I did to get through cancer is a first step.  When you do this, at those times when you are discouraged or feel like giving up you have something to move toward.  Perseverance is in your mind.  When your situation looks bleak remember that it is temporary.

You must consistently  proclaim and visualize what you are trying to achieve as though it were reality.  Then, when you feel like giving up, you can train your mind to go to what you are trying to achieve.   Perseverance becomes a habit.  It becomes a mental drive to look beyond what is right in front of you.

Perseverance is a life choice.  Sometimes the first step is saying to yourself, “I will persevere , in spite of what is happening.”

Perseverance is about keeping on with something even when you don’t see immediate results.  It comes from having the faith and tenacity to know that the process will produce the results.

Perseverance is often what separates people who accomplish great things form those who don’t.  Some people are willing are willing to do anything to accomplish their goals.  Others fade or give in to discouragement.

About the blogger @TomHulsey

After Tom beat cancer and achieved his post-surgery goals, he turned his focus to education and advocacy.  He is a Board Member at ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer,  volunteers at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center, and a Reviewer for the DoD’s (Department of Defense) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.   He is the author of the soon-to-be  released book, THE WINNING MINDSET THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to cancer research.


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