“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. “- Hal Borland
If you read attentively the above quote, you will learn a lot about patience and persistence, and with a little deeper thinking, you will see their importance in your life.
Trees need time to grow, and therefore, they symbolize patience.
It is the same with you. You need time to achieve goals, especially big goals, and this requires patience. If you are too impatient, desiring to have immediate results, you might be disappointed and quit your goal.
You have to study, improve yourself, change your mindset, and work toward your goal. You have to water your goal with ambition, motivation and effort, so that it will come true, just as you need to water a tree.
Most trees need years to grow and become big trees. Big goals also need time, and you therefore, need patience, just like a tree.
If you don’t possess enough patience, you need to develop it. It is a skill that can be developed like any other skill.
- You need patience to come to a point, where you can speak fluently a foreign language.
- You need patience to graduate from school, college or the university.
- You need patience to learn and progress with meditation.
- You need patience to shape your body.
Patience is very closely related to self-discipline. If you possess self-discipline, you also have patience, and vice versa. If you strengthen your self-discipline, you also strengthen your patience.
Now read the second part of the above-mentioned quote:
“Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”
Grass often grows through concrete. It can also grow on rocks. It possess persistence, the ability to continue and not quit, until it finds a way to emerge outside, in the sun and air. Can you compare your efforts to grass? Do you continue what you start, until you accomplish it, no matter what obstacles are on your way?
It is so easy to quit when you confront obstacles and opposition, but you feel a great feeling of satisfaction, when you don’t give up and when you win. Every person meets obstacles on the way, but only those who don’t let the obstacles discourage them, ultimately win and achieve success. This applies to career, sports, learning, and everything else.
Persistence is a sign of inner strength and of strong character. Without it, you cannot make any progress. It is ability that makes a person a winner against all odds. It is the person who keeps going that wins. Success could be just so close, and just a little more time and effort are required.
There is a great feeling of achievement, when you persist and don’t give up! When you persist, you go the whole way, and don’t turn back after a few steps. Only those that keep going reach their destination.
How do you develop persistence?
By going on with your plans and goals, and not giving up when you face obstacles or problems.
What can help you to manifest more persistence?
You can strengthen your persistence by strengthening your willpower and self-discipline. This can be done by practicing simple exercises, which you can do at any time and place. This is clearly outlined in the book Willpower and self-discipline, available through this website.