Stick-to-it-tive-ness

Stick-to-it-tive-ness

I am not sure if that is the way you spell that word but hopefully you catch the idea.

resilience

perseverance

Hanging in the there

These are all important words in life and in also applies in  leadership. If we are going to be people who influence others then “Stick-to-it-tive-ness is important.

Why? You will face failure. You will face discouragement. You will face disappointment.

I am a jogger (not a runner). Honestly I prefer what I call “out and backs”. My running partner is a “looper”. He loves to run up mountains and in a big loop. He also loves to start out with a hill and some how or another end up with a hill but that is another post. grin.

I think the reason I am a “out and backer” is that for me I have learned if I can run out a certain distance then I have to get back to my starting point and I am less likely to give up. It works for me.

In life it is not always that easy. As we face the tough times we often are given an option to quit. I am thankful for many things my parents taught me. The lesson came in High School. I wanted to quit the basketball team. The picture is not of me but of one of my favorites players. His name is Chris Mullins and played for St. Johns.  Notice those shorts!  I was a bench warmer that year. I did not like practice and I hated running “suicides” or sprints at the end of the practice. So I told my parents that I wanted to quit during the season and my dad told me that was not an option. End of story. I stuck it out.

Scripture tells us that perseverance and faith are tied together.

because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”James 1:3

I think people watch leaders  a lot. They take notes. They are watching how leaders act and react. They watch to see if a leader drops out or if they stick to it.

One Response to “Stick-to-it-tive-ness”

  1. Michael
    March 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM #

    Thanks for the encouragement Larry. I needed to hear this.

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