Perseverance, "steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement."
I think this is a word that needs to end up in more of our vocabularies on a regular basis.
Today, when I came home from running errands, I walked past a flower pot of mine that I thought had bit the dust. Squirrels had, I thought, eaten all of the flowers in the pot. Because of that, I stopped tending it. I didn't water it. I considered it a lost cause. Then today, as I was walking to the house, I looked down to see a beautiful lone blue flower in the pot. Even though the situation for that little flower was bleak (chewed stems, no water, etc.), it survived... it thrived. I decided to take a picture of it, because to me it represented a lot of what I think we all need to strive for in life.
All too often we consider ourselves or our situations to be lost causes, so we stop fighting, we stop searching for solutions to our problems. We need to be more like nature. Or, as stated in Jurassic Park, "I'm simply saying that life, uh... finds a way." We need to find a way to accomplish what we are setting out to do. It may not be easy, but if you keep that steady persistence in a course of action (yes, ACTION... standing still will not provide results unless your goal is to stand still), especially in spite of difficulties... you WILL find your success. Don't give up. Be like that little flower who beat all of the odds to live.
If this is related to fitness, then the solution is easy. You just have to keep up your pace with fitness and nutrition. If what you are doing isn't working, don't give up... FIND the solution! It's out there! Never feel ashamed to ask for help, either.
If this is life related, the same rules apply. Yes, I am constantly having to remind myself of these things too. While I have so much success in life, there are still areas of my life that I look at and consider myself a failure. When I look at it rationally, though, I ask myself, "Am I really a failure?" My answer to that is NO! I just simply have not found the solution yet (and, yes, sometimes it's hard to make myself accept that fact), and I sure as HECK am NOT going to give up! It's easy to want immediate results when you have a goal in mind, but things simply do not work that way. What you do need to do, though, is be aware of your surroundings and current situation so that when opportunity presents itself in your search you are able to grab it and run with it... take action.
It's funny, because when I posted this picture on my Facebook today, one of my friends commented, "You just have optimism coming out your ears!" It appears that way, yes, but my response to that is, "Actually, believe it or not... I don't. I do try to practice every day, though." Practice... persevere!