Perseverance

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” Mark Gingrich

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “Perseverance” as follows:

“Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, opposition.”  

Life it seems is always testing us, and let’s face it, when it comes right down to it, none of us really like to be “tested”.  But in reality however, it is only through how we face the various “tests” that will come in our lives, will we ever know the truest measure of who we really are. Preparation is the key to success in any test.  The great martial arts Master Hwang Kee, the Founder of Tang Soo Do once said:

“Where there is preparation there is no fear.”

One of the toughest things we will ever have to do in life is to “keep on going” in the face of a trial that is upon us.  And while we may not know what that “trial” is going to be like at first, if we have prepared ourselves for whatever various “scenarios” that may occur during it, we will be better able to persevere through it.

Remember, Perseverance can equal “Provision”, but only if YOU are willing to provide the desire to work through the trials and adversities that the “tests” of life will bring.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” Napoleon Hill

This is just one of many martial arts virtues that we will continue to discuss. 

Sensei McDonald