The Power of Perseverance

Day 16. Today’s #WEverb11 prompt is Persevere.

#16 – Persevere. Contributed by Jen.

Describe something that disappointed you in 2011 and how you persevered.

As I wrote about yesterday, in January of 2011, my department was restructured and my job was eliminated. Although I was guaranteed another position at comparable pay, I had no idea what it would be, and my company does not move quickly. There were promotional positions available, and it took them four months to staff those; I was unsuccessful. I then pitched an idea for another position that was open – while I didn’t have all the qualifications, I had a passion and desire (something the other candidates did not!). In the end, that was also unsuccessful. I was given a position that I thought I could be successful at, and went to work.

Perseverance… in the end, marathon training taught me a lot about perseverance. When confronted with adversity, it takes a lot of commitment and effort to continue moving forward. You have to believe in yourself, even when no one else does. You have to fight for what you believe in, work hard for it, and go out and prove you can do it!

I’m happy in my work again now, although it has taken a while to get there. I know I’m doing a good job, even if at times I’m not sure my leadership has faith in me. I have a terrific team of employees working with me, which makes it so much easier!

Marathon training, and my weight loss journey both took amazing perseverance. The ability to stick with the program has taught me that I can finish anything I set my mind to, if I’m truly committed to it. Because of this, I *know* I can finish an Ironman 70.3 this year (barring injury). I know I can train to finish a full Ironman. I’m strong enough and work hard enough to finish anything I want to!

Goals update:

4/4 again! Got a great deal on the hotel in MN, getting very excited now! Spent a lot of time working with my retail specialist putting out Christmas stock in our gift store – not chained to my desk! Managed to squeeze in a 20 minute weight workout even after 11 hours at work, got my main floor tidy, and wrote 1 post! Hey – that’s 5/4! Yay me!

Goals for today:

1) Grocery shopping
2) Christmas party!
3) Travel documents

Goals for Saturday:

1) 1 blog post
2) 1 workout
3) Clear 20 pieces of mail out of drawer
4) Update my blogroll – need to add some new blogs!

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4 Responses to The Power of Perseverance

  1. PlumPetals says:

    One of the main things that has drawn me to your blog has been the evidence of this perseverance and dedication — in everything that you’ve set out to do, no matter what the obstacles/challenges!

    • Kris says:

      Thank you! Some days are harder than others, but anything worthwhile is worth the hard work. 🙂

  2. auntiekim says:

    I’m really happy to hear that things worked out in the end. It gives me some hope, given my current job situation. You seem to always have such a good attitude about things. I hope I can keep that in mind when I’m faced with uncertainty in the next few months. Proving yourself can be so draining.

    I also really love how not all of your daily goals are earth-shattering. Sometimes I get so focused on the big stuff, that I forget about all the little stuff….which is kind of ironic since I just replied to another post of yours about not losing sight of the little stuff. Sometimes I need to get hit over the head a few dozen or a thousand times before the lesson sinks in 😉

    • Kris says:

      I hate to say it, but I need the daily goals list as a reminder of the things I really want to get done. My To Do list is about 3 pages long, and I have 40 (39, now) huge goals I’m working on, but the little stuff slips if I don’t make it a priority.

      And it’s easy to forget things… other things crowd them out!

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