April 18, 2016

10 Perseverance Quotes That Can Inspire You Or Exhaust You

This article discussing perseverance quotes has the potential to totally inspire you or completely exhaust you. There are a lot of variations of the word ‘perseverance’ in this article, and the thought of all this persevering can feel exhausting if you feel negative about your current state and the work required to get to where you have to go. It can also feel inspiring if you need to find a reason to persevere despite a setback. Don’t avoid reading the article because you feel overwhelmed or exhausted. Read it, think about it, and let these perseverance quotes, and the meaning behind them, inspire you to start taking action despite any resistance to doing so.

1. How To Make Perseverance Work For You

60A lot of people think that perseverance and persistence have the same meaning. But, the way I see it, perseverance means having the determination to get what you want by using the obstacles that pop up in your way, while persistence means you keep going and going and going despite the obstacles that pop up in the way.

For example, a single man who wants to be in a relationship can persist towards trying to win over a woman despite her not wanting to be with him. She can lead him on, tell him no, make him think there is a chance, and then shoot him down again and again. He can spend years hoping and continuing to try to win her over, which is definitely persistent. However, another single man may recognize that the woman doesn’t like him and continue towards his desire to be in a relationship by pursuing other women who might be a match for him. He is displaying perseverance. He’s not trying to win over an unavailable woman persistently, and he’s not letting that one woman be an obstacle to his desire; he’s persevering despite that woman turning him down.

Adaptability is the key component to perseverance. While faith and the willingness to persist will help you persevere, being able to change gears or paths when you need to will help you persevere in a way that boosts your confidence, makes you want to keep going forward, and helps you get results.

2. If You Want Success, You Need Perseverance


Obviously, Steve Jobs was focused on entrepreneurs, but this rule applies to everything in life that you want to be successful in. If you are not finding success in your health, happiness, or relationships, then take a look at your willingness to persevere.

Are you willing to stay in the game despite the setbacks, failures, and questions you experience? Are you willing to get up earlier than other people and do more than other people? And are you willing to do it consistently? Are you willing to believe that there is something greater out there for you? Are you willing to believe in yourself? If not, you will not be willing to persevere.

The good news is that once you start to believe that perseverance is necessary for success, you will find yourself more willing to do the things you have to do to stay the course. Even when things start to seem bleak – and they will at times – you will continue to move forward, get up, and do what you have to do. Your belief that things will work out will help you do what you need to do. That’s the path to real success.

3. Perseverance Isn’t A New Concept

62When a tree fell on Gregg Abbot, and he was in tremendous pain and realized he would be permanently paralyzed from the waist down, that’s when he realized that perseverance was necessary. It’s not like he learned what perseverance was all of a sudden. It wasn’t introduced to him by a doctor, nurse, or friend. He just realized that in order to keep moving forward towards a fulfilling and happy life, and not get stuck in a state of despair or pity, he had to focus on persevering despite his new reality.

You don’t have to wait to become paralyzed, or have something else life-changing happen to you, in order to get in the groove of perseverance. This quote is one of the perseverance quotes you can use to remind you that you know what to do and that you’ve known it all along. If you don’t want to get stuck in the place that you are in or let things hold you back in life, and if you want to move forward towards what you want despite where you are now, you have to make perseverance an actionable part of your life.

In other words, it’s time to admit that perseverance is necessary. It’s something you’ve known as you’ve asked yourself why you are where you are. The answer ‘I didn’t keep doing what I needed to do’ will always ring in your mind somewhere, even if you don’t’ fully acknowledge it. Once you stop ignoring that voice, your awareness will open up, and you will find yourself doing what you need to do much easier.

4. Why You Really Need To Persevere

63I had to include this as one of the perseverance quotes that I wanted to talk about, because when I read it, I had an instant visual of why persevering is so important!

In essence, we only really feel the need to persevere when we feel like we are in hell, or experience great difficulty or have very little help. That’s what hell is supposed to be like – a place where you have a lot of struggles and little hope. When we are feeling good and having success in life, and we are not facing any obstacles or struggles, perseverance isn’t a hard thing to do. It doesn’t take much effort to keep doing what we are doing when it feels good!

It’s only when struggles come into our lives, or we start losing hope and desire to keep moving forward, that we find ourselves struggling with perseverance. But, this is the quote to remember as you struggle with whether to keep going forward or not. If you don’t persevere despite your circumstances, you are going to stay right where you are! You can’t get out of hell if you don’t keep moving towards a way out, you will be stuck right where you are and stay in the hell that you feel like you are living in.

In other words, if you want to get out of a less-than-desirable situation, perseverance is necessary. It doesn’t have to feel like hell, but if it doesn’t feel good, then why stay there when you have a way out? Keep doing the things you need to do despite the bleakness around you. Eventually, by putting one foot in front of the other, you will make it out and find yourself somewhere much better.

5. It’s Going To Feel Not Worth It Sometimes

64When failure happens, all that perseverance can feel like a waste of time, but you have to remember that you might succeed soon. Your success could literally be in a few minutes or days from now. You don’t have the ability to figure out when you are going to see the kind of results that you want to see because life just doesn’t work that way.

As long as you remember the first of these perseverance quotes, and adapt after your failure, you are always going to move in a direction that has a great chance of success. Remind yourself of that when you think about how your efforts are not amounting to anything or how you goal feels too far away to continue.

6. It Will Feel Negative As You Persevere


I can’t count how many times I didn’t believe I was going to accomplish something and then found myself accomplishing it. While I was persevering, the feeling that I couldn’t do it was so strong that I’m surprised I didn’t give up. Sometimes I believed that success wasn’t coming, and it was painful to persevere amidst all the negative thoughts and feelings. But, once it was over, and I had accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, it felt pretty darn easy in hindsight! I wish I would have had that insight when I was struggling. But, life doesn’t work that way.

If you look forward, where there are unknowns and uncertainties, you will feel negative. That’s normal. Don’t let those feelings stop you from moving forward. Stay as mindful as you can, have faith, and keep persevering. That’s the way to reach success.

7. Ideas Versus Action

66This is one of the best perseverance quotes I’ve seen. Last night I got into a deep conversation over how true this quote is and how simple it is when you break it down.

If you are like me, then you have a lot of ideas in your head. You can see how they are going to work out, and with enthusiasm, you get started on them in some way. But, once those ideas come to life, and you start taking action on them, perseverance is the only way to make them come true. You can’t just keep imagining their success and expect success. You have to do the work to make those ideas come to life.

And, trust me, the enthusiasm that was there with those ideas will die out quickly as the actual work feels hard and unrewarding. It’s important to appreciate delayed gratification and keep persevering towards making your ideas a reality.

8. Why Can’t You Persevere?


If you have a hard time persevering, then your perseverance muscle is very small. Why does this happen? According to John Assaraf, it is because of self-confidence. The more you build your self-confidence, the bigger your perseverance muscle becomes. And the more you flex that muscle, the more your confidence builds!

So, if you want to start growing your perseverance muscle, pick one or two things and persevere no matter what. The more you stick with it, and find success as you do, the more your confidence will rise, and you will be more willing to persevere through other things.

9. What Separates The Weak From The Strong?

68It doesn’t matter if you are talking about business, fitness, or relationships. The strong persevere, and the weak give up. And, as the strong keep going and find success, they become stronger, while the weak let their regret, low self-esteem, and failures make them weaker.

If you want to be stronger in life, then perseverance is the key. You can’t just call yourself strong and be strong. You have to take the action that makes you stronger.

10. Perseverance Helps You Progress In Life

69Not only do you become stronger when you persevere, but you also get better. Think of perseverance as going up a flight of stairs. Each time you put the effort into taking another step, you get closer to standing on the next step. When you do finally move up a step, you have progressed away from the last step and moved higher and have more awareness from your new vantage point.

Perseverance is the only way to keep climbing that staircase. If you give up, you will get stuck on the step you are on. You may even take a few steps down.

Zac Smith is a fitness guru, and this quote certainly applies to fitness. In order to progress in strength, you have to persevere. If you stop, you will not become stronger, and you may even lose some muscle mass and strength.

Your mental health, your success, your relationships, your happiness, and your overall satisfaction in life also depend on progression, which depends on perseverance. Is that reason enough to make perseverance a part of your life? I think so!

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