February 1, 2012

A Capacity for Tenacity

One email I look forward to each Monday morning is from business consultant and motivational speaker, Rick Houcek. Rick’s column is called 2-Minute Monday Motivator, and his message this week is called The Common Denominator for Success. He suggests that people who succeed “do things people who fail don’t like to do.”

I suggest that doing things others don’t like to do requires perseverance, or as I refer to it, a capacity for tenacity. It is the key to achieving any goal such as quitting smoking, finishing your education, staying healthy or preserving a relationship. Perseverance is also required to lose weight.

I am one of twenty-five members of a local diet and nutrition support group, and together we have lost nearly 250 pounds. Each one of us used a different approach to losing weight, but the one characteristic we had in common is perseverance. In our hearts and in our minds, we were motivated and determined to succeed.

In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul suggests that God has endowed each of us with the capacity to persevere. In the final letter before his execution, Paul wrote:

“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self discipline.”
It was that power and self discipline that allowed Paul to write in the same letter:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”