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You’ve likely heard the phrase, “patience is a virtue,” but did you know that tenacity and perseverance are virtues as well? In fact, tenacity and perseverance are vital moral qualities in a person.
Tenacity is the state of being very determined and not giving up easily. Persistence is continuing with something even though it is difficult. Therefore, the virtues of persistence and tenacity embody the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard.
Today, tenacity and persistence are quickly becoming neglected virtues. Hard work and perseverance were viewed as something desirable in days gone by, but nowadays anything demanding and strenuous is frowned upon. Whining and complaining is commonplace when things get hard. More often than not, people are looking for the easy way out and are usually able to find it. It’s not unusual for one to simply give up and do something else.
Losing the ability to be tenacious and persevere means losing out on a lot of good that comes from these essential virtues. For example, we miss out on the pride that comes with hard-earned success. We have gotten much better at distracting ourselves and aren’t as productive. We don’t experience the huge boost in self-confidence from accomplishing seemingly insurmountable tasks.
Could this be part of the reason for the rise in cases of anxiety and depression? Experiencing feelings of self-worth is an important part of experiencing a happy and fulfilled life.
Okay, so what can we do to bring back these essential virtues of tenacity and perseverance?
Here are some helpful tips!
- Practice tenacity yourself on a daily basis. Get better at it by resisting distractions and refraining from giving up as much. Start small and keep expanding. When things get hard, push through and set a goal to do them anyway. Those around you will start to notice your example.
- Share perseverance and tenacity with those around you. As a parent, make it a point to teach your children by seeing tasks through to the end a requirement in your house. These are important life skills that will serve them well throughout school and adulthood.
- Influence others. Practice tenacity and perseverance and expect the same in return. Require it when you work with others, teach them or have them work for you. Don’t be afraid to speak out when you see someone giving up too soon or getting distracted easily. As others start to notice the many benefits that come from tenacity and perseverance, they will start to practice it more and ideally pass it on as well.
Tenacity and perseverance are essential virtues that are worth bringing back. Do your part! You can start by being an example and promote positive change in the culture of your family, your business, your workplace and your own community.
Make tenacity and perseverance regular values in your daily routine and watch your own life and those around you change for the better!
What about you? How have you demonstrated tenacity and perseverance lately? Comment below!