PERSEVERANCE – March WORD of the Month


Related traits – diligence, patience

Most people fail not because they lack ability, intelligence or opportunity, but they fail because they didn’t give it all they got.”   Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Perseverance is sticking to a purpose or aim. It is never giving up on what one has set out to do. It is to try, try and try again.

Everybody at some point in their lives has to learn new things which are difficult or overwhelming. As long as you are willing to keep trying, you can learn almost anything. Immediate rewards rarely happen. We must be willing to work and wait for the results.

Perseverance – How to teach it and how to show it

  • Take time to talk to your children about the importance of continuing to try to learn new things which are hard.
  • Help your children set goals, and keep track of steps of progress toward those goals.
  • Share with your children the three R”s of perseverance:
    • REMIND: remind yourself of the goals you want to achieve.
    • REASSURE: Reassure yourself that you can complete the task
    • RECOMMIT: Recommit yourself to put forth your best effort into completing your goal.
  • Explain to your children that successful people are not necessarily the people who are the smartest. Successful people are those who keep trying and don’t give up until they reach their goals.
  • Dr Seuss’ first children’s book was rejected by 23 publishers!