Endurance

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” William Barclay

Life is not a sprint, but a marathon. Success is not a singular event, but a series of small victories brought together.

It’s not the toss of a coin which determines our fate, but our daily actions.

What we do every single day. What we do constantly, this is what determines the quality of our lives.

No one has it easy. Without this alibi, you begin to realize that it’s all about endurance.

Overcoming difficulties, giving up on bad habits, letting go of negative experiences, holding on when it seems like all is lost.

Perseverance is far more important factor for success than most people like to believe.

Why?

Because being perseverant is within your grasp. Anyone can be so.

You don’t need intelligence, talent, resources, charisma, connections…

You just need to have the mental attitude that you’ll do whatever it takes, no matter what.

It’s that simple.

Yet is, sometimes, the hardest thing to do.

Go on a run to try this out.

When your feet start to give in, when you’re breathing brokenly like a fish out of water, when a million voices tell you to give up, to try another day, that this is useless, that you’ll injure yourself, that you’re not good at this…

Your mind will tell you “no” in a million different ways. Your friends and enemies will tell you “no.” Your loved ones.

And you have to keep telling them “yes.”

That is endurance.

It comes from within. No one can give it to you, no one can take it away if you truly have it.

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5 comments on “Endurance

  1. We just have to keep moving.

  2. ray032 says:

    Cristian, I’m so pleased to see your writing evolve to reflect ‘Spiritual ideas’ in terms People can relate to. Religious ideas and terms turn this generation right off.

    As I read this excellent piece, I see it as an echo of the same GENERAL ideas in this writing written so long ago;

    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:38-39

    That is ENDURANCE!!!

  3. Amen to William Barclay.

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