Word of the Week: Perseverance

Never, never, never give up. In order to succeed in anything you must have perseverance. You must be able to work with patience and diligence in the face of setbacks, difficulties or troubles. Two things are sure causes of failure:

1) Being too afraid to start.

2) Quitting.

Perseverance alone, however, is not enough. You must have good, worthwhile goals to work toward. It’s possible to persevere in being lazy or bad! Use perseverance in the pursuit of worthwhile things.

Winston Churchill‘s address to Harrow School, a famous speech during difficult times, is a great example of this attitude:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVEiskNv1hs

“…this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Stay strong, don’t quit. In martial arts training, you’ll go through times that are hard or are difficult, but you simply cannot quit. You have to learn to reach your goals. Doing so will teach you how to persevere—a quality you’ll need if you ever find yourself in a desperate situation.

About Master Kelly

I've been teaching Martial Arts for nearly 20 years in Richmond, Virginia. I'm proud to use a traditional approach at Shield which combines the positive physical aspects of Tae Kwon Do training with positive personal values of character and integrity.
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