Persevering To Success

by Patrick Liew on August 24, 2011

When I was in school, it was compulsory to participate in extra-curricular activities (ECA).

I was graded for my involvements in ECA. The grades would form part of the academic results.

I chose to be a long distance runner, purely and simply because I don’t have to attend regular training sessions in school.

As a long distance runner, I had to practice on my own. There were no teachers to watch over me – which makes me very happy as I like to live a carefree life then.

Still, I took time on my own to hit the road. I became so good at it that in many regional competitions, I became the best long distance runner in my school.

While I thought that this sports will allow me to live a carefree life, our Creator had other plans for me.

Through long distance running, and subsequently long distance swimming, I discovered one of the most important ingredients to achieve success – Perseverance.

Perseverance is absolutely necessary to achieve success. It is the fuel that drives champions.

Without perseverance, failure is guaranteed.

Please let me share with you how I developed the skill of perseverance.

1.       Purpose

To be successful, I must have a compelling reason to be successful. When I know why I want to achieve success and if it is compelling enough, I will persevere to achieve my goals.

I will not be distracted.

I may not even be concerned about the stress and strains along the way because I am driven by the compelling purpose of my pursuit.

2.       Pursuit

When my dream is bigger than my life, it will drive me to turn it into a reality. The price that I pay is nothing in comparison to the benefits of achieving my dream.

3.       Personality

Running a long distance starts with the race in my mind.

I must have the right attitude and aptitude to start and end well. I must have the mental toughness and resilience to be able to confront challenges and continue the journey – mile after mile – until I achieve success.

The best way to do it is to ensure that there is no turning back. I have to press on with determination, courage, and persistence.

Ultimately, persevering to success becomes an ingrained part of my personality and a habitual lifestyle.

I practice correctly because it will become easier to run the race. This is proven to be true by any long distance runner or swimmer.

My confidence will increase. I will also have more faith that I can achieve success.

Perseverance feeds on perseverance.

With time, it will become an explosive combustion that will propel me to success.

4.       Plan

As they say, “If I fail to plan, I plan to fail.” I need to keep improving on my plan, strategies, and action steps so as to persevere and achieve my dreams.

Planning is not good enough.

I need to learn how to implement the plan effectively. I need to work on it until I find the best way to achieve my goals.

5.       Preparation

The level of my achievement is determined by the level of my preparation.

To run a marathon, I need to prepare myself mentally and emotionally. I have to acquire all the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to finish the course.

6.       Partnership

Life is a team sport.

I have learned that I cannot run the race independently. I need to work with the right people and teams to achieve success.

It also means that I must avoid negative inputs from the people around me. Discouragements can come from well-intentioned people, including my loved ones, friends and colleagues.

I have made a decision long time ago when I was a long distance runner that I will persevere until I achieve success in whatever I endeavor to do in my life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question:  How can we persevere until we achieve success?



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