4th Monday in October!
It’s the fourth Motivation Monday of October on my blog today!
I do apologize for my absence since last week, as other priorities demanded my time and attention.
To help you recall the theme I began at the end of September, in my first Motivation Monday post for this series, I began discussing this cross-stitch piece (made by my mom-in-law) in the photo above. It contains different sayings that all essentially mean, “You can do it!” as the first line states. I decided each of the four sayings would serve as good topics for Motivation Monday posts.
So far, I’ve covered the following (click to read them, if you haven’t yet and if you would like to follow sequentially):
*Monday, 10-2): Faith removes limitations
*Today, 10-23: Keep on keeping on
*Next Monday, 10-30: Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success (this is one to ponder for awhile!)
So for today, let’s explore this one:
Keep on keeping on.
I don’t even know the origin of this phrase, but I know I’ve heard it numerous times during my life.The idea behind seems to be to continue doing what you’re doing, keep up the pace in the right direction, keep making the right choices, and eventually you will accomplish goals and reach your desired destination.
I think this quote below addresses the meaning of it, at least in part.
To me, the phrase keep on keeping on embodies three concepts: patience, persistence, and perseverance. If we look at our handy online dictionary, we can see the meaning of these words:
Patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
Persistence is “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”
Perseverance is “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”
Patience is a tough quality to maintain! It’s interesting to meditate on the fact we don’t learn patience until we’re put into a challenging situation that requires it!
Obviously, persistence and perseverance are closely related, and are listed as synonyms to one another.
However, combining all three of these, I think patience is the fuel that keeps us going, persistence is what helps us keep moving ahead, and perseverance is what pushes us across the finish line!
And throughout these times where we must keep on keeping on with patience, persistence, and perseverance, we probably should always remember this:
Once we figure that out, we should be able to keep on keeping on and achieving our goals!
As I shared in my other blog today, one of my most recent major accomplishments, as some may recall who have been following my blog for awhile, was successfully completing my doctoral journey after 7 1/2 years. I completed my defense of my dissertation on June 26th–just about four months ago–and officially became Dr. Karen Lee Banks! Then just last Wednesday (10-18-17), my hubby walked through the door after work with the mail…and THIS had arrived!
I was QUITE ecstatic, as holding the diploma in my hands made the accomplishment seem much more real and brought closure to the journey… yet also the beginning of a new one!
I can tell you quite emphatically, this 7 1/2-year journey DEFINITELY required patience, persistence, and perseverance in order to keep on keeping on, and not quit!
So What About YOU?
Do you believe this quote (today’s or any of the others so far) is accurate?
Have you discovered if you keep on keeping on, you usually do accomplish what you set out to do?
**Next Monday: “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.”