I’ve been thinking about persistence lately. It probably started earlier this year when U.S. Senate chair Steve Daines, of Montana, interrupted his colleague, Elizabeth Warren, as she was reading the words of Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell intervened to prevent her from finishing the speech. McConnell, later, remarked of Warren, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” If you aren’t familiar with the story read this article. It didn’t take long for the internet to explode with the meme, “Nevertheless she persisted.”
I’ve been thinking about persistence in my own life. I like to see results quickly and when I don’t, I feel the lure of the next idea or shiny object. Or I start thinking maybe I should go back to what I've done before. This past year, I’ve been working hard and hardly working all at the same time. I’ve been putting in all the hours. I've been writing, working on my website, podcast, marketing and doing everything to shift my work away from corporate to working with women who want to identify what’s next in their lives and create a path to get there. I look at the faces of the women in the picture above and think about how they persisted against some pretty big barriers And yet, they did. And I keep coming back to my need to persist with my dream and to help you with yours!
Last night I watched The Founder on Netflix. It’s the story of Ray Croc, the man who took a small hamburger business and turned it into McDonald's. I was surprised by how much I’ve been thinking about it today. He was ambitious, ruthless and persistent.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when it comes to persistence. I think many of us give up before we have a breakthrough. We get discouraged. We feel anxious about our results. We don’t see progress fast enough. And so we settle for less. And the world never benefits from our best gifts. So, I’m challenging myself this week - and you.
Let’s be women who persist, who don’t settle for anything less than living our lives truthfully, because the world needs us.
Let me ask you:
- Do you want to make a change in your life?
- Have you tried and quit?
- Are you not wondering if 'you've got what it takes?'
- Are you afraid?
- Do you need help creating a plan to get there?
It's almost September. I happen to think that is the perfect time of year to focus on what is important to you. It's time to persist. Get in touch.