“Perseverance is not resignation, putting up with things the way they are, staying in the same old rut year after year, or being a doormat for people to wipe their feet on. Endurance is not a desperate ‘hanging on’, but a traveling from strength to strength...Perseverance is triumphant and alive.” -Eugene Peterson
It is a virtue -- a behavior showing high moral standards.
Perseverance: finish what you began.
Perseverance: outlast the pain and sorrow
Perseverance: strive until you accomplish the things that are difficult
Perhaps one of the greatest lessons sports teaches young men and women is this: How to Become an Endurer.
How to persevere when you sustain an injury. Outlast the pain and sorrow.
How to persevere when your coach is not communicating with you, not playing you, not helping you. Finish what you began.
How to persevere when your team is having a losing season. When pre-season conditioning is all but killing you. Strive until you accomplish the things that are difficult.
Today, make it your aim to instill the virtue of perseverance into the minds, hearts, and souls of every single one of your athletes.
Highlight and recognize them when they display endurance.
Make sure they know without a doubt, the TRUTH-- that sports are about the journey and not the destination.
That it is who they are in times of trial that matters most. They will know it once we the leaders believe it in our hearts, and begin displaying it through our actions.
Dedicated to your athletes joy and success,