Tuula Rands West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Chapter 9 - Persistence - The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith
Years ago I lived in Kaministiquia, a community about 25 miles
west of Thunder Bay, Ontario. My husband and would walk about 8 miles each day for
exercise. One day we decided we would like to walk to Thunder Bay and
as preparation we walked a little farther each day. We figured out how long it would
take to walk the 25 miles and added some extra time for having lunch and the long steep hills
we would encounter and whatever surprises we would come across
along the way.
We began our journey very early in the morning because we did not
want to be arriving at our destintion in the dark.
We lived about five miles off the main highway so the beginning of
our journey was quite easy. Once we got to the highway it was a
little different as we had to walk on the side of the road and
there was a lot more traffic.
We learned to deal with the high gusts of wind when the big
transport trucks went by us and we learned to watch what traffic
was coming when we had to go over a bridge so we would have
enough room to walk without being in the way of the vehicles.
We had taken water and food and had a nice lunch on the side
of the road and seen things that we never noticed before when
we had just driven that road for many years.
We made it to Thunder Bay in time for supper and, as we had arranged,
we got a ride home with my sister who worked in Thunder Bay.
Hill tells us "The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL."
Will power in the dictionary is described as the ability
to control yourself and a strong, energetic determination that
allows you to do something difficult.
We had determined our goal and desire and we used our will power
to control our thoughts and our actions to stick to what we had planned.
We could have quit when people we knew would stop and offer a ride
because it did not make sense to them that we wanted to walk
25 miles just because we wanted to. We could have quit half way
because it was taking all day. We could have quit just because
we wanted to quit - after all, we had no one to answer to. It was
our decision to walk. But we did not quit. We were persistent with every
step we took until we arrived at our destination.
The title of this Chapter is PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT
Sustained effort is the ability to keep up, to prolong and to bear up.
Are we persistent with our business? Are we willing to keep walking
even when people don't understand what and why we are doing it? Are
we going to keep going when we just feel like quitting? Are we going
to give up or are we going to find that sustained effort and just
keep going until we arrive at our desired destination?
It doesn't matter if we choose to exercise every day, read a
chapter in a book every day, call a certain number of clients in a
day, or whether we decide to walk 25 miles, the question is are we
willing to put in the sustained effort needed to accomplish our desire?
As Hill states "The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL."
and "Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair."