In September, most of us return to work or school after the summer holidays. That's why we've decided to dedicate this month to reinforcing perseverance as a character strength. It is key to both our success and to feeling fulfilled and confident.
Perseverance is the ability to keep doing something despite obstacles. People who exhibit perseverance show persistence in doing the things they set out to do no matter how difficult it is or how long it takes them to achieve their goal.
Sometimes we have to harness all of our willpower to not give up on what we are doing because of the difficulties we encounter along the way. Being able to "recharge our batteries" (e.g., scheduling regular breaks or rewarding ourselves with something small for tiny accomplishments) helps us a lot to act with purpose until we complete our task or project.
Sometimes we call perseverance - "grit." It is our "grit" that proves to be our most valuable asset. We don't have to be among the richest, to have the biggest number of friends, or to be the smartest among our acquaintances; if we are persistent, we can achieve our goals. And when that happens, we also become more confident in our ability to achieve future success.
People who have perseverance as their key character strength embrace failure as a useful lesson that allows them to learn something new. According to Angela Duckworth, a famous psychologist and author of the book "Grit," "Grit is important because it is a driver of achievement and success, independent of and beyond what talent and intelligence contribute. Being naturally smart and talented are great, but to truly do well and thrive, we need the ability to persevere. Without grit, talent may be nothing more than unmet potential. It is only with effort that talent becomes a skill that leads to success."
To end this serious article/narrative with a smile, we offer you a video story that shows us how, in the winter in Patagonia, where food is scarce, Koro the lama confronts Oti the pesky penguin in an epic battle for the last delicious fruit. It's a great example of exactly what it means to persevere with kindness, and how such efforts are rewarded.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkVqJ1SGeL0
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The team of Happiness Academy