The Power of Perseverance

Passion fills us with a burning desire to create, to manifest, to complete the things that bring us joy. It’s the passion that drives love, allowing us to learn, grow and develop. But what happens when that passion dries up, it no longer fills you with desire because the love has grown cold?

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It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a business venture, romantic partner or in my case writing a novel, the outcome is still the same… boredom, procrastination and maybe a bit of resentment.

The options are set; do you continue onwards swimming against the tide? Or do you bundle all of your hopes and dreams into a boat and let the water carry it off into the distance?

This is where the Power of Perseverance comes in: It’s not easy, and it’s not a golden moment of clarity and joy. This is the part where we graft for what we once believed in, safe in the knowledge that all the effort we’ve put in is worth something valuable.

Yes, maybe changes are needed to bring it into alignment with who you are today, or how your business works in an ever-evolving world. Maybe that novel won’t get published, maybe we accept that in some way we failed.

But all is not lost. Take a long hard look at the journey you’ve been on, see where all of your past experiences have enabled you to grow.

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My first novel is something I’m incredibly proud of. Unfortunately, it was not picked up by an agent, and I’m fine with that. Why? Because of how much I learned throughout that process. The same applies to my second and third novels, they offer a glimmer of hope. A stepping stone to where one day I will be, whilst allowing me to improve and become great at my craft.

If I dropped my pen and vowed to never write another word, then nothing would ever be achieved.

Here are some great quotes to keep you motivated and help you on your way:

“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.

“Pain is temporary. it may last a minute, an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong.

Stay strong, keep going and rememberI believe in you!

Author Lorraine Ambers - fantasy romance writer

Do you have a favourite quote based on the theme – Don’t quit? If so, please share it. You know I love hearing from you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, Much Love.

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© Author Lorraine Ambers and http://www.lorraineambers.com, 2019.

36 thoughts on “The Power of Perseverance

  1. Since my blog is titled, “The Light Breaks Through” my favorite quote based on that theme is: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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  2. When quitting isn’t an option, the only alternative is to persevere and push ahead. The reward might just be one more push or several. Who knows? The sad result would be stopping one push shy of the breakthrough.

    Great inspirational post. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. This is a fabulous post. There is such value in persistence, even though it can be really tough at times. I’m now pitching my 3rd manuscript and have learned so much along the way, so thank you for sharing part of your journey and your hope. One of my favs: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” — Confucius

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  4. This was excellent and so true. So many of us have had these moments. I had mine last year but when it happened I asked myself what was causing it.

    I love to create. I love the people and places that come out of my mind but something was holding me back and I knew it wasn’t desire. Once I addressed it I was back on my journey but I had to stop to clear the debris before I moved on.

    Such a great post. Thank you.

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  5. Such an inspiring post, Rainy. I love those quotes and your attitude. It hurts to realise something might not go the way you want it, but your lesson of not giving up is the only way to get through it. Thank you.

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  6. Perseverance or stubbornness? Both so important to a writer 🙂

    I learned if I don’t finish a first draft, I won’t come back to it. Beginnings are easy when I’m flush with a new idea. It’s middles that are hard. I tend to slog through knowing revision will make it better. First, I need something to revise!

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  7. Such lovely words, Lorraine! You’re so right — each book really is a stepping stone. Stephen King said it takes 1,000,000 words, and that often means writing more than a few novels lol. Thank you for the motivation!

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  8. Big Happy Life

    I found your post really inspiring! I’ve just started writing my book and, even as I write I know it’s truly terrible! Lol! Of course I’ll keep working on it until it isn’t terrible but I’m forcing myself to keep going with the first draft. Thanks for sharing this post. It provided great motivation and perspective. A quote I return to when I want to remind myself to keep going is “Achievement seems to be connected to action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton. This quote helps me focus more on my actions than my feelings when they threaten to hold me back. Thanks again for sharing!

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