Taking the long road of persistence

Posted on 29. Jan, 2010 by in Life Coaching

This week I did something that I’ve never done before – I shared my written thoughts in the form of a ebook on my website. Sure I’ve been blogging for sometime now and sharing pieces of my inner landscape and life, but I have never declared “I’ve written a book.” I say this rather tentatively as this first “book” is short; intended as a brief guide so I can encourage people to start thinking about themselves, their life or business in a slightly different way. What I really want to say is, “I’ve written a damn good book chalk full of rich content and profound wisdom!” and YES this will come with persistence, I know.

So the road is long, and the learning has begun; but more so, I have changed the status quo. The context in which I was comfortable has altered, no longer familiar or recognizable. I think it is with this experience that I find myself almost ambiguous, full of choice and options once never apparent or in need of examination.  This is what happens when we change, when we actually move away from our comfort zone and dare to put our mark out in the world. I have not had the answers, nor have I known what will come of this, but inside I rightfully knew this is what I wanted.  I wanted to write.

Now I’m no great Canadian novelist (how do they write thousands of pages with details that I can barely conceive? Incredible.) but I’m claiming something in the form of personal expression, experience, and value.  I come up against my own inner obstacles every day, as at times it seems too hard, not lucrative, and really impractical. The fear starts to talk and the voice of reason sets in. Persistence is not logic, it’s heart. It’s the athlete who triumphs over pain and injury to take the podium, it’s the underdog who rises to the challenge every time, it’s the community that fights for the welfare of it’s children and people, it’s the capacity of many to stand up against injustice and discrimination. Persistence is the heart of transformation and success.

In the words of Barack Obama:

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

When we attempt to change our ways , do something different, or start considering what we need to change, fear sits on the horizon ready to sink into our subconscious disabling us to act. However, despite it we must trust that inner heartbeat that leaps every time we say or act on something uncomfortable, challenging, and new. The long road of persistence comes with let downs and frustrations; and yet, when everything you did to improve a situation or change comes with a positive outcome, you know it was worth it all.

Are you ready to change your life and business?

What is it that you want?



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