Perseverance: the darn key to everything.

Yup, you guessed it. Today’s blog, or more of a weekly blog, is on the one thing that gets under our skin, makes us mad, makes us determined, and sometimes, just sometimes, won’t let us quit, no hell how, on something we have poured not only our time but our soul into. It is the key to succeeding. Whether you succeed in simply completing the task you set for yourself, or whether it’s done with flying colours. Your success depends on persevering with a task no matter how steep or rugged the climb.

Why so philosophical all of a sudden? I was always philosophical, just never usually out loud, but, boy, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. Your soul/heart/spirit, whatever ‘it’ is, the inner force that drives you towards something, you have got to listen.

My inner voice told me to rise to a teaser challenge – make a movie. Stop saying one day and do it, pretty much. And truth be told, since that day I have persevered! Through bumps and rough patches, through oodles of drive then suddenly a crippling fear that it’s all falling apart. ‘The Circle’ has survived so far. I have survived so far without loosing an ounce of drive that this needs to be done.

Why am I telling you this? Because, maybe you are like me, procrastinating from doing something you’ve dreamt about all because of fear. Maybe like me, you need that little person on your shoulder, the good kind, telling you to take a step, leap, have faith – that you won’t fall and break a leg. So what? Legs break and they mend. It will hurt a little or a lot, but if you don’t leap and keep trying to do that perfect landing, as perfect as you can do, then anytime you try, you might break a leg. The point here is, stop thinking tomorrow will be the day. Stop thinking one day. Today is tomorrow, in all honesty, today was yesterday’s tomorrow, so you are already at the cusp of time where you should chase a dream, take the leap.

And when you do leap, remember it’s a journey. You’ll have some idea as to where you’re headed and the other times, a vague stab in the dark, you might hit and miss a few times. But perseverance has one thing going for it, process of elimination. You might not know what works, but every time you try something and should it fail, at least you’ll know what not to do in the future.

Right now, I’m persevering with the plan to shoot a short film, ‘The Circle’, and we are weeks from shoot. I’ll succeed the moment it’s ‘in the can’ sort to speak. The journey beyond that is all but glorious bonus. So if you’d like to see how I’m going with my perseverance goal, follow the short film’s FaceBook page:

As for yourself, set a small goal towards your own dream and see how far you can get. I’d love to hear your stories.

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