Expert Author Susan Leigh
Keeping on going is the key to success in many areas of life. It is about developing the resolve, belief and focus to continue working towards our goals and dreams, in spite of setbacks. There maybe times when we have to modify our plans, learn from what has happened and move on in a slightly amended way but working towards something that we truly believe in deserves all our effort and determination.
- Illness. Someone I know has a child who was unwell. She kept taking him to the doctor because she knew something was wrong. She was repeatedly told that the child was fine, but she knew different. In the end she raised the money for him to have private tests, where they discovered that he was seriously ill. Her tenacity saved her child's life.
- Relationships. There is a saying that faint heart never won a fair maiden and some women love to be pursued and chased until they are won over. Demonstrating commitment and determination to winning her heart is a very seductive message to many women. They may play the game and be coy, but it is often very attractive to be chased by a man they like. And the woman will often reciprocate and let him know that she is interested by her body language, by flirting, smiling and allowing him to be encouraged by her behaviour.
- Conflict in relationships can sometimes become so bad that it has to be walked away from. But a good relationship that has hit a rough patch can be worth the effort of trying to retrieve it. Having to forgive or forget hurtful words and experiences may well be part of the process. Sometimes there is a need to put the past behind if there is a desire to move forward and save the relationship. It can be a tough process. Understanding what went wrong and learning to communicate better in the future can be two positive steps to take from the experience.
- Studying can be a difficult time. Often young people, at university and away from home possibly for the first time, can spend their first term or even year or two playing and wasting their time. Appreciating the value of the opportunity they have can sometimes only occur to them a little late in the day. Then they have to be tenacious, put their head down and commit to study to recover their lost ground if they want to pass their exams and be a success. It can be a character building experience.
- Physical challenges often require us to dig deep into our core strength to keep going. Many people talk of hitting a wall when they are running a marathon, but they find the resolve to continue. Training for many sports and physical endeavours requires determination and focus which is why people often feel so satisfied with their achievement afterwards. They have pushed themselves above and beyond their previous levels of fitness and it's only tenacity that has kept them from walking away.
- Many successful business people have made and lost fortunes, sometimes several times in their lives. They understand the meaning of tenacious; they often live by it their entire lives. Picking themselves up after they have lost everything and starting again from scratch requires huge self belief, determination and will power. But they learn from their mistakes, start again and repeat what works. This kind of tenacity is what makes successful people a success.
- Marketing Campaigns. How often have we been driven to distraction by junk mail, spam and unwanted calls and yet on one occasion when we are contacted we decide to make a purchase of their particular product. The contact has occurred at just the right time. It may not happen often, but that one time justifies their perseverance and tenacity.
Tenacity is what gives us the edge, the willpower and determination to keep going. It is often what makes the difference between success and failure. That commitment is the importance of tenacity.