I have been having the same conversation with myself for the last year.

– Are you strong enough to press on?
– Would it really be so bad to just rest? No one is watching!
No, it is these moments of fatigue that count the most. Press on.

 

At some point every week for the last 52-weeks, I have reached a point of despair or exhaustion.

Despair at the immense weight of life or a specific day’s events which brought me low.

Exhaustion from particularly long weeks, heavy days and short nights.

These low points show up like clockwork — I can always depend on them to take place.

On the flip side of the coin, there are the exact opposite days and weeks — pure unstoppable energy and unshakable confidence in my goals and day-to-day actions.

It does not take much character to persevere when things are going super well.

It does, however, take an immense amount of character and resolve to pull through when everything seems to be against you or your body feels too tired to push on or your mind is cloudy from fatigue.

The moments when I am at my weakest are the ones that most define who I want to be.

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”
— Newt Gingrich

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I have always valued perseverance. It is a quality I seek to foster in my own life. I greatly admire those who persevere in spite of huge odds; those who press on when everyone else falls out of the race.

When I reach my lowest, when all I want to do is lay my head down and sleep, I make a decision.

A decision to forgo rest and comfort and choose to commit to finishing the task at hand.

That decision, which happens many times every week, is a big part of who I strive to be. I want to be the type of person that runs a little further than the goal; the person that comes in a little earlier than was expected; the one who stays a little later than required.

I want to be someone who sticks with it when it is hard and uncomfortable to persevere.

In order to be that person, I have to make hard decisions. Every time that conversation starts in my head,

– Are you strong enough to press on?
– Would it really be so bad to just rest? No one is watching!
No, it is these moments of fatigue that count the most. Press on.

I have to resolve it with strength and determination and launch into action.

“No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.”
— Ramana Maharshi

Writing this article after a long day and long week and long weekend is me making that decision. I wanted to rest, to nap. But I also knew that I had promised myself to write at least once every day — in writing this article, I stayed true to myself at the expense of the momentary pleasure of my bed.

Don’t choose comfort over perseverance when your promises and goals are on the line. Make the hard decision.

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Jeremiah writes as a means of daily growth. It is part of my daily journey to seek out ways to leave my comfort zone and find growth! Visit Jeremiah on Medium.
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Jeremiah writes as a means of daily growth. It is part of my daily journey to seek out ways to leave my comfort zone and find growth! Visit Jeremiah on Medium.
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