the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people
Persistence is a good quality to have, it shows that you are never willing to surrender and give up when the going gets tough. It means that even though you may have some down days- there is still a ray of light in your eyes sparking a fire that is burning deep inside your soul. This fire in your eyes leads to your great accomplishments. Whether you know them yet or not they will come.
One of my friends has taught me a lot about persistence. It's a passion and a drive that she has when things are not going strong in life that eventually they will work themselves out in time. It just then takes patience to see the persistence of these events and moments pay off. Living in Vermont I have discovered that "Vermonters" are persistent people. They don't give up they keep moving forward and making "risky" type decisions in order to pursue dreams and make them a reality.
“So, it’s kind of like the quest for the holy grail. Well, you know, who gives a shit what the holy grail is. It’s the quest is what’s important.” — Yuvon Chouinard, 180° South
This quest is alive in all of us. It is the driving factor for me when sitting down to write this post, when getting up at 4:30 am to go skiing or hiking- it's leaving work and loading up my bike for a ride or it's sitting back at a computers after 8 hours already at one in order to work on my Masters Thesis project. It's the things we want that are not easy to obtain all the time- they take a little bit of extra effort. So next time you are thinking about hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock to get just a few more moments of sleep before work instead of getting up and getting moving- rethink your actions and be persistent towards your achieving your ultimate goal whether its training for an event or living a fuller life.