Words of the Week: Persistent & Consistent

Week beginning February 14, 2022; each week we discuss a principle or value of the Qualities of Success. We suggest you use the Word of The Week in your thoughts, deeds and actions.  You might currently possess the quality and desire to develop it to a higher level.  You could replace a bad habit with a good habit.Write an action step and use it daily to develop the Quality in your life.

The virtue this week is actually two words, PERSISTENT and CONSISTENT; Consistency is when you have a worthwhile goal or objective and you work on it every day or as much as needed to accomplish the goal or complete the job. Persistent is when you take that work up a notch each time you do it. One way we might say this is “hang in there” especially “when the going gets tough; the tough get going”.  Perseverance, a very nice synonym, is often crucial to success.  It is an essential quality of character in leadership.  High performance and productivity and even good in the world are sometime lost to wavering, hesitating, or just not sticking to the plan. The moral of the familiar fable of the tortoise and the hare is, “slow and steady wins the race”.  Perseverance is an essential ingredient in human progress. 

The opening line of Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens stated, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.  Today we are in the necessity of times as stated by Sam Adams in 1771, “More than ever, ourutmost deliberation, fortitude and perseverance is required. We are in an age of radical opposites taking place at the same time.