Think for a moment, do you have perseverance when faced with challenges? If not, how can you develop the ability to persevere in even the toughest situations? Webster defines perseverance as continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
Recently I have participated in a few different volunteer opportunities with The First Tee Fort Worth that have really had me thinking about the relationship between volunteering and perseverance. Last week I participated in The First Tee Golf-A-Thon. This was the first time I had ever participated in an event like this. Initially I set my goal at finishing 63 holes. By noon I had finished those 63 so I set myself a new goal of doubling it by the end of the day. I ended the day, golfing over 12 hours with 132 holes completed. This was the longest I have ever played golf in my life!
Perseverance is one of the nine core values of The First Tee. The ability to transfer this value from golf into everyday life is amazingly valuable. If we as individuals can develop and apply the knowledge and discipline to follow through and finish everything we begin, we gain a powerful tool to help us succeed in life.
So, how do we develop perseverance?
The first step is developing reasonable goals. Consider setting a series of small, achievable goals instead of one huge, far-reaching goal. Doing this allows you to continue striving towards a goal while meeting measurable levels of success. Just as I did in the Golf-A-Thon, I didn’t set an initial goal of 150 holes. I chose a goal that was obtainable.
The second step is having reasonable expectations when setting your goals. Do not consider eating the ENTIRE cake in one meal. Think of the cake in terms of smaller pieces, set your goals for each piece and work towards finishing the entire cake in a set time frame. Again, in the Golf-A-Thon, when I reached the initial goal I had set, I set another goal that pushed the expectations a little bit farther.
These two steps will put you on a path that will allow you to continue working (persevering!) towards your goals and experiencing success in what you do.