Writers face many challenges but the main ingredient to conquer the odds is perseverance.
|Perseverance is a life-long learning skill. Every day new challenges and struggles intersect with our life and it's perseverance that gets us through those intersections so we can continue down the highway.
The best things in life comes to those who persevere. Rewards are in abundance when we work hard and earn a promotion, further our education, and the rewards especially come to those who are determined to get through a personal tragedy or illness. Those rewards are delivered on the plate of perseverance.
Published writers understand this plight. Succeeding at becoming a part or full time writer takes many years to achieve. Rejection is part of a writer's job description. Too many talented writers give up their goals too soon because they allow those rejections to negate their faith.
Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance and having fortitude. It's about bearing difficulties with great stress management techniques and having a touch of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Perseverance Hall of Fame
Beethoven was deaf.
Ray Charles is blind.
Thomas Edison had learning disabilities.
Terry Fox was a runner who was an amputee living with cancer.
James Earl Jones was a stutterer.
Helen Keller was deaf and blind.
Stephen Hawking, world-famous physicist has Lou Gehrig's disease.
Albert Einstein had learning disabilities.
Vincent Van Gogh was mentally ill.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was paralyzed from polio.
Martin Luther King Jr. lead the civil rights movement.
“I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.” Unknown Author.
“Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” Dale Carnegie.
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“It's not that I'm smart, its just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein.
“Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” Author Unknown.
How to Persevere
1.Identify your goals. As a writer, setting goals as simple as learning a new word every day, is knowledge in the bank.
2.Plot your journey. Educate yourself on all the various ways to work toward achieving your goals.
3.Pack for your journey. What do you need on your journey to attaining your writing goals? Be sure to pack emotional ammunition as well as the material items you'll need to succeed.
4.Take the first step. Examine the markets, research publications, prepare your query letters and write! Failure is truly guaranteed if this first step is not taken.
5.If you fall down, pick yourself up and keep going. After all, if you trip and fall in your home, you get up and you keep going.
6.If you fall down many times over, you may want to re-look at the map you created to get to your goals. Asking for directions is not a sign of weakness, it can help to get you to your destination much faster.
Above all else, remember that perseverance is a matter of attitude. Bad attitudes are like a flat tire, it goes no where until it is changed!