How to Persevere

19 Nov

Perseverance requires perseverance.”  -Anonymous

What is perseverance? Well, says this: “not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it’s hard.”

College students, let’s be real for a minute. This time in the semester is probably the worst. Everything is winding down, and professors are trying to assign everything before we go off for Thanksgiving break. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling completely swamped. During this time, the word perseverance is a word that we should definitely put back into our vocabulary.

So how do we persevere? When everything around us feels out of our control, or wrong, or just hard – how can we possibly tell ourselves to keep going?

1) Set a Goal – By identifying something that you want to accomplish, you’re giving yourself incentive to get that task done. In my dorm room, I have white board where I write down tasks that I must get done during the week. As I finish the task, I’m able to erase it and my list becomes smaller and smaller. There’s some kind of reassurance in erasing a task off of my list that really helps me. What do you want to get done? How are you going to do it? These goals may be challenging. But remember, meeting them takes perseverance.

2) Get Excited about Something – Do you have something that you can look forward to? I know I do! I am so extremely ready to be home with my family for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see a table full of beautiful and delicious foods, surrounded by the people I love the most. That right there – that’s my incentive. I plan to work hard during this trying season, in order to be proud of the work I’ve accomplished and enjoy all of my time spent at home. Find something that motivates you. Let that be your perseverance.

Learning perseverance now as a student, is going to be very helpful to us as we begin our adult lives and careers. When it comes to motivation, your belief in your ability is more important than your actual ability. Believe in yourselves, always. Don’t give up. We’re just getting started!!

I know you can do it!

-xoxo, Emily


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