“Persevere!” Apparently, the one word spoken by mega-star Tom Hanks to a striving/starving artist when asked: “What’s your advice on how to make it?”
Persevere: to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly. Stay with it and stay at it – even when things (people, measures, events, etc.) suggest that you should stop. Staying with it because it’s what’s real for you… what’s true for you and what matters to you.
Perseverance leads to momentum and with momentum, what once felt like a burden begins to lift and travel under it’s own force. An idea takes flight!
Perseverance requires tenacity - the ability to stay with it, no matter what. Our greatest capacity for tenacity comes from the inside of who we are, not the outside. When we are moved from that which is deeply meaninful to us, we are better able to connect to and trust what motivates us.
As women, we too quickly and too often abandon our own intuition and insights to the opinions and direction of others. Is there any wonder why we become unable to stay with it… to persevere… when we have lost faith in that which propels us forward? From that single instant, we lose tenacity and the potential for momentum is lost. And we feel, yet again, like we are starting from scratch.
Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels? Like no matter how much effort you put into it, you can’t seem to get any traction on your intention? That result is a legitimate consequence of how we’re moving through our world. And that result is also an invitation to reconsider two key things:
* What is the internal truth that guides me? Is it still relevant and meaningful to/for me? If not, what has taken its place?
* Given that internal truth, what do I need to be able to find within myself the force to continue to engage; the tenacity to move forward and take action in ways that will bring that internal truth into expression? And how do I know engage to build momentum that it might take flight?
Without consideration and regular check-in’s on that internal truth, you may find that you start ‘running out of gas’… start losing the energy/force/attention that is required to ensure that you can move forward effortlessly. You might also discover that outside your conscious awareness, new information has entered ‘the system’ that you are and that your internal truth has shifted in some way, leaving you continue to engage in ways that are no longer useful. Like your car, your internal truth needs regular check-ups to be sure that all is functioning well.
We need to take the time to pay attention to those moments when we find ourselves losing interest, losing desire and ultimately, losing our way through the myriad demands in our lives. Things change – we change! – and we need to discover how to use that essential truth to work for us instead of against us.
We need to discover how to trust our internal truth and engage, even when we must do so alone.
Momentum is at its most potent when we, as individuals, have each become unstoppable! Imagine what becomes possible when we do finally choose to come together…
Women gathering in small groups, talking… when sourced and fuelled by the internal truth of each of the women there, is an unstoppable force for growth, evolution and change. Internal truth coupled with gathering numbers takes shape on the horizon and the winds of change begin to blow.