What does Persistence mean to you?

Recently, I asked that question in a writing forum, mainly about persistence in writing and publishing. However, persistence can be found and used in every facet of our lives. Take a minute and think about what persistence means to you--then read on.

Here is what persistence means to me:

Doing the things that you need to do on a daily basis to be constantly working towards your goals. This means taking the good with the bad, doing things that others are not willing to do, and learning as much as you can from others to improve your chances to become a success.

Here is what persistence means to my wife:

"You are going to be working on this until you are 83!"

(Of course she said this jokingly.)

Here is what it means to other writers in my writing forum:

  • Dogged determination to create that first piece that feels good enough to be proud.

  • It means to keep going until you are dead.

  • It means constantly picking yourself up time and again, knock back after knock back.

  • It means refusing to give up, even when the cause seems hopeless, and it means keeping a focus on a tiny pinprick of hope far off in the distance which you strive to move towards, kicking negativity out of the way with each footstep.

  • Persistence=hope. Having one is having the other.

  • It means failure stimulates you to greater efforts. I immediately thought of a persistent cough. Then I thought it's kind of like persistent writing... it keeps you up at night, it's always there, sometimes it irritates other people, the list is endless.

  • Persistence is many things to everyone. The common theme is not to give up, to keep on keeping on in the face of adversity. We all face something in our lives that we must persist in, whether it is a challenging job, marriage, relationship, hobby or life problem. With persistence you can overcome it.

The question you have to ask yourself is, "Is it worth it to me, to keep persisting on?"