There is nothing more refreshing in the business world than seeing someone who exercises perseverance throughout their career. Perseverance is such a needed character trait in the big scheme of life, and it is oftentimes tied to persistence, although their meanings are slightly diverse.
Persistence (quickly) can be connected to anything in relation to completing a course of action, whereas perseverance can only be accomplished by a person… or someone who has a conscious will. For example, we can have persistent rain, as is common in the Pacific Northwest where I call home, yet the rain cannot persevere.
A Steady Belief
Perseverance can be summed up into having a steady belief or concentrated efforts despite any opposition that may appear. We could leave it right there, but we would not be giving perseverance its due process. Perseverance aligns with efforts that deal around overcoming certain obstacles, which include mindset (Think moving from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset) or any physical obstacle.
Actions For Good
Whereas persistence may carry with it good, bad, or indifference when it comes to any action that connected around a situation, perseverance only focusses on the good. For example, evil may persist, but it does not persevere, while perseverance can overcome the persistent evil that is happening around you. This is such a game changer once you wrap your head around it.
Associated Characteristics or Traits
You may want to know what someone with a persevering character exudes. Three traits immediately come to mind.
Strength is crucial to persevere. Let’s take that rain analogy. Sometimes when it rains the wind blows hard. Having strength would allow you to stand firm during a persistent storm. The stronger one is, the longer they can persevere.
The same can be said about being steadfast. However, steadfastness means that you are not moving, wavering, or falling. It is the visible representation of strength. It is just as important since a person’s strength is not always seen.
Finally, a person who perseveres should be one who demonstrates calmness. They know that the journey will be long. Remaining calm ensures a focus on steadfastness and strength rather than on the “storm” itself which can lead to an array of emotions that go unchecked.
Perseverance brings with is a positive connotation of whatever situation you may be going through. Persistence can be positive, however, more times than not, it comes with some negative connotation. Again, back to the rainstorm. Our world, without a doubt needs rain. That is a good thing, yet if you live where it rains 25 hours a day, eight days a week, 13 months out of the year, rain may not be high on your likeability lists.
Perseverance is good. Perseverance is handsome. Perseverance is attractive. When we encounter a person who carries themselves with strength, steadfastness, and a calm, we are naturally attracted to them.
I want to know who you are attracted to because of perseverance. Share your stories below.