It’s a good thing. Usually.
It gets you through tough and testing times when nothing else will.
Look to nature for inspiration when your persistence ebbs.
Grass, for example, doesn’t give up when the going gets tough. It grows and goes as long as the basics are covered: earth, water, sun.
Persistence also has a downside.
Resistance can be persistence misapplied.
It can be the denying of a wave of change – or growth – that’s coming your way. And it can be a futile attempt to turn back time.
You can respond to that wave of change in many ways.
You can “become one with it,” catching it, riding it, tapping and adapting well to the power the surge of change brings.
You can be bowled over, or even destroyed by it.
And you can choose to take a martial arts-like step out of the way, letting the wave land where and when it will as you assess what your best next step may be.
People, teams, companies, even countries can see themselves as persistent when, in fact, they’re in denial, resisting inevitable change.
They may refuse to adapt, no matter how weighty the signs that say, “Things are not the same as they were in the past, and they’re going to continue to change.”
Persistence misapplied is also growth denied.
Pause to check in with yourself. Is your persistence positively applied?
Take a good look at where it hurts in your work or life.
What hurts? Where? And what do you think is causing that pain?
It may not what you expect.
Or it may be something you don’t really don’t want to address.
Consider, however, the time, money and effort it takes now to avoid changing your ways.
Let resistance end.
Accept the growth and change that’s coming your way.
Ride the wave.