I’m hoping some of my Juneau, Alaska friends were drawn in by the title of this blog. There is a trail there called Perseverance. Its name is a nod to the miners who came in search of shiny treasure enclosed in the folds of the surrounding mountains, not giving up until they’d found gold. But for me, the trail – a gentle uphill – has always been one of steady plodding. You know, persevering.
This morning I was out on a run in my new town of Boise, Idaho. The nearby Foothills are full of great trails to run, and true to their name, there are a lot of… hills. Often times (okay, most times) I find myself walking up them. Today, however, I decided I would jog them, even if it meant my speed was no faster than your grandmother could walk.
I decided, and I did it. I persevered through something that I heretofore hadn’t thought I was capable of.
And this is the moral of my story. We are capable of far more than we realize. How often do we stop short of attaining our goals because we have it in our minds that we just… can’t? And I don’t mean only physical accomplishments. I’m referring also to dreams of finally getting healthy… reaching out to your neighbors and having an impact on your community… volunteering for that cause you believe in… writing that book that you know you have in you… starting that non-profit to support projects you believe in… going back to school to get the training you need… finishing that craft or art piece you’d started long ago… connecting with people with whom you want to establish or mend relationship… taking that trip… starting that podcast (okay, this is hitting home).
Does any of this ring true for you? I know it does for me. We are capable of more than we think, but results won’t come easy. We must be willing to do the hard work, be consistent, hang in there when the going gets tough. We’ll feel tempted to quit and let it all go.
But that’s not who we are. We are a tribe of people who want to make a better world.
If you’re waiting for permission to start something, here it is: Step out and get the help you need to accomplish your dreams and goals. You’re ready. Turn your “To Do” list into “Done.”
Lean in. Persevere. Like I did on my run this morning. (I love it when life gives me metaphors I can’t ignore.)
Let’s step into our gifts, callings, passions and purpose together.
What’s on your heart and mind to do?