How does one find ways to finish what one starts? How does one continue to stay committed to a course of action in spite of obstacles? With industry, how can one cultivate a pleasure in completing tasks?
[Rabbi Tarfon] would say: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it.
-Pirkei Avot 2:16
Perseverance is when you show commitment, pride, and a positive attitude when completing tasks — the ability to stick to something and complete a task even though difficult circumstances may present that cause us to feel that we cannot finish what we have begun. We demonstrate perseverance whenever we keep trying in spite of obstacles or discouragement.
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:
Research shows that there are two types of mindsets: 1) A fixed mindset where people believe we are born with a certain set of skills or traits. These innate talents alone create success. 2) A growth mindset, where people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Those with a growth mindset tend to see struggles and challenges as something they can overcome with enough time and hard work.
SOMETHING TO DO:
Acknowledge the struggle that you are facing and honor it as part of the process. Write your goals down and share your goals with others to create a stronger sense of accountability. It’s easier to give up when we compare our strengths to others. In strengthening our perseverance, strive to compete only with yourself and where you were yesterday. Record your PR (Personal Record). Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your ability to meet your goals – and make a concerted effort to distance yourself from negativity.