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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Persistence Pays

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

-Calvin Coolidge

Publishing my book has been quite the journey.
I never realized how much work went into getting something into print. I thought writing it was the work...was I ever naive!
There are so many steps that are required and if you want to see it completed you can't stop or put it off until later.
I've been working on publishing my short childrens book for over a year now. It's made me think about, and appreciate what kind of work goes into a novel...or a movie and even recording a song.
Getting all the images in order and designing the interior for my 42 page book has taken much more time than I ever imagined. We've been editing for months and there seems to always be one last thing! It's been fun, exciting, exhausting both mentally and physically, sitting in front of the computer editing day after day.
It's also been the most rewarding thing I've ever done.To see a dream of having a story that I love turned into a book. A book that will be around forever, for future generations to enjoy.
So today's topic is on persistence.
Persistence does pay off. If it's something you love and want badly enough, you will persist AND you will accomplish your goals and desires.
Here's some info that helped me along the way.

An audio tutorial called Healthy, Wealthy and Wise by Derrick Sweet.

Here's a short tutorial on writing successful affirmations:

Some Encouraging Quotes On Persistence:

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

- Barack Obama

Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.
-- Marilyn vos Savant

Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.
-- Brian Tracy

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
-- Christopher Morley

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
-- Dan Rather

Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!
-- Hector Crawford

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.
-- Author Unknown

Effort is a commitment to seeing a task through to the end, not just until you get tired of it.
-- Howard Cate

For now you know one of the greatest principles of success; if you persist long enough you will win.
-- Og Mandino

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
-- Ella Fitzgerald

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.
-- Charles F. Kettering

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
-- Confucius

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has to get down to work.
-- Pearl Buck

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
-- Christopher Reeve

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
-- Flavia Weedn

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
-- Mary Pickford

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence.
-- Author Unknown

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.
-- Author Unknown

It is by tiny steps that we ascend the stars.
-- Jack Leedstrom

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
-- W. Somerset Maugham

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
-- Louis Pasteur

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
-- Thomas Edison

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
-- Dale Carnegie

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.
-- Author Unknown

Never give up on what you love because some one makes fun of you. Never quit or give up. You will make it through.
-- Jessie Zaylo

Never, never, never, never give up.
-- Winston Churchill

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
-- Agnes De Mille

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
-- John Heywood

One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.
-- Col. Harland Sanders

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
-- John Quincy Adams

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
-- Julie Andrews

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The human will, that force unseen, The offspring of a deathless soul,Can hew a wall to any goal, Through walls of granite intervene.
-- James Allen

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
-- Napoleon Hill

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
-- Dr. Joyce Brothers

We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.
-- Tobias Wolff

We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.
-- Helen Keller

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, 'Try it one more time.'
-- Author Unknown

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
It's when things go wrong that you must not quit.
-- Author Unknown

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.
-- Author Unknown

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

You have to keep plugging away. We are all growing. There is no shortcut. You have to put time into it to build an audience.
-- John Gruber

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
-- Isaac Asimov

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chances there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
-- Charles F. Kettering

You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
-- Marian Wright Edelman

You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
- Lee Iacocca

Today I appreciate the life I have.

I appreciate the freedom to do as I choose.

I appreciate the time I have to write and accomplish my desires and live my dreams!

1 comment:

Toni said...

Hi Kate,
I am really looking forward to reading your book. I'll keep track of your blog so I can see the release date. I am also a writer who practices the Transcendental Meditation technique, and I have a book in progress for young readers. Youth is such a special time for spiritual awakening. All the best to you.