If there’s anyone who knew everything about never giving up and continually trying just one more time to achieve any goal and not let stress drag him under, it’s surely Thomas Edison, one of the world’s most prolific and successful inventors of all time.
From what I’ve learned about him, he never allowed his failures to stress him out and deter his forward movement. Instead, he understood that something not going his way time and time again simply confirmed his present course of action wasn’t the right one to achieve his goal.
He understood that it didn’t mean he wouldn’t achieve it—just that he needed to relax, learn from it, and change course.
Instead of becoming totally stressed and quickly choosing to give up, Edison understood that most things take time to master or decipher. This mentality allowed him to relax and continue to persevere until his effort and determination brought him the result he wanted.
So which do you choose–the power of stress or the power of perseverance? The Oxford Dictionary defines perseverance as “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”
To give you an idea of the mindset you must choose to keep trying when you’re overwhelmed with stress, here’s another quote by Edison that sums up his understanding of life and the power of perseverance.
“I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will have found the way that will.”
This also describes the understanding we all must keep firmly rooted in our minds and hearts so we, too, have the fortitude to make the choice to persevere rather than succumb to the misguided burdens of stress.
The point is if you’re in any situation that’s causing you a great deal of stress and you doubt you’ll ever get to where it is you want to be, don’t give up. Understand that you’ll get there if you choose to persevere rather than choose to let stress overpower you.
So take a few minutes each day to remind yourself of this understanding so when you start feeling like you could succumb to the burdens of stress, the higher self in you will quickly remind you to persevere and make the choice to try just one more time!
Author Bio: Peggy Nelson is a professional Life and Personal Development Coach, owner and founder of Life Your Way Coaching, a published author, and a professional blogger. Her mission is to help people access that part of themselves that allows them to shift their thinking, release fear at every level, experience personal growth and empowerment, and ultimately create fulfilling, happy, and successful personal and professional lives they love. To learn more about the benefits of coaching with Peggy, follow her blog, or to schedule a free consultation with her, please visit her website at www.lifeyourwaycoaching.com.