DCL 5.6 Instruction | Perseverance
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor and Shaun Blakeney, Student Ministry Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida
Most people believe there is a huge gap between them and success. Frankly, there is not much difference between success and failure, but that little difference makes a big difference! Persistence is the little difference that makes the big difference when it comes to failing forward. It separates those who achieve success from those who only dream about it.
Remember: There is no failure except when we stop trying. There is no defeat except on the inside. Only a weakness of persistence can keep us from success.
The only way to fail forward and achieve your dreams is to cultivate tenacity and persistence. More than anything else, what keeps a person going in the midst of adversity is having a sense of purpose. Purpose is the fuel that powers persistence. These qualities can be learned partly by developing the habit of following through on your commitments when you don’t feel like it. You need a strategy to cultivate these qualities. Here is a four-point plan:
1. Purpose: Find one.
- Get close to people who have a great desire to make a difference.
- Develop discontent with the status quo.
- Ask God to give you a dream.
- Search for a goal that excites you.
- Invest your resources into achieving that goal.
2. Excuses: Eliminate them.
Most every failure comes from people who have the habit of making excuses. No matter how many opportunities you have missed or mistakes you have made, don’t ever make excuses. You cannot possibly learn from mistakes if you are making excuses for them. Take complete responsibility for yourself and keep trying.
3. Incentives: Develop some.
Give yourself rewards as you reach short-term goals on the road to the ultimate goal. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races, one after another” (Walter Elliot). Give yourself worthwhile incentives to win the short races.
4. Determination: Cultivate it.
Learn to become a determined individual. Inspire yourself with stories of men and women who tried, failed, and kept going. To develop persistence over the long journey, cultivate inward determination on a daily basis.
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