A great curving crescent of golden sand runs from the town to the pan rocks. The air resounds with children's laughter and lapping waves. Families are gathered in small groups to build sandcastles and sunbathe. A few have taken to the water. Dark patches of seaweed are visible through the azure blue sea. Out on the ocean a single white yacht leaves harbour. Two men shout and laugh as cold water stimulates their warm bodies.
Your Potential Needs Persistence
If we are to enjoy a swim in Ireland we have to persist, undressing on a windy beach and pressing on despite the shock to our bodies, wading deeper and deeper into cold water. Persistence is a vital quality to cultivate when following our potential. The way is difficult, especially in the early days. As we open up to our guided life we are confronted with our deepest fears. Our existing assumptions about life and how it can best be lived are fundamentally challenged.
If we don't persist, what hope have we of travelling such a journey?
In the example under the previous heading I had failed at three projects in a row. At this point I could have given up carrying out freelance projects. However I knew that I was strongly drawn to freelance projects. Pursuing them was crucial to the development of my potential. It was when I combined persistence with understanding, by undertaking the fourth project differently, that I was rewarded with success.
If we fail, and respond by blaming others, cultivating a cynical attitude to life, then all progress will be halted. We will remain stuck and miserable. We need to remember that no matter how other people behave towards us we can only control our own behaviour. Therefore we need to persist while at the same time always remaining open to learning and to changing our responses as situations grow and develop.
This approach will benefit us in our relationships and in our projects. No energy will be wasted. All efforts at change will be directed inwards to changing ourselves. Even if others remain cynical and negative we will prosper and win through in the end. Positive energy applied with understanding and persistence is an unstoppable force. We are adopting an approach which is in harmony with the principles of evolution. Consequently we will be supported by life.
Persistence is a rare quality. We will gain immeasurably by cultivating it. When I worked as a management consultant I used to be surprised at how easily professional business people would give up on a project. Sometimes they would even do all the hard bits, and yet fail to follow through to completion. I can think of marriages I know where one of the partners has been astonished to find that their spouse wants a divorce after only one year. In some cases the person didn't have it in them to persist. Consequently they failed to develop their character and to reap the rewards.
Whether we are engaged in our work, are building a better marriage or working to improve our health, persistence and understanding applied together yield amazing results.
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