Week 11 – “I will persist until I succeed”

“So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win” – Og Mandino

Throughout life, persistence has not been a continuous improvement that is sometimes obvious to see until you look back. 

I have climbed Kilimanjaro; cycled London to Cambridge, 60 miles (96.5 kilometers), four times over the years. Attended many extreme sports challenges like Tough Mudder, Hell Run, Parachute Jump, Hiked the Yorkshire Peaks, and even the more fun challenges like the colour run.

However, training to run my first Marathon by April 2022 has meant a challenge that has to work around my daily routine. Meaning, it will take a lot longer to achieve the fitness level required to accomplish my goal, which is to complete the marathon strongly. 

I started training in October 2021, and as the weather became colder and colder over November and December, I was no longer enjoying the training. I didn’t feel safe running in the pitch darkness. I have stopped my training! – what can this mean? – In my heart, I have not stopped. I am reflecting! 

“I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins” – Og Mandino

Every day this month of December, I read Scroll III, which is about persistence. When I read the lines “If I persist, if I continue to try if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed” – Og Mandino

How do I know if my ego is driving me or running the marathon is my genuine desire? – I ask myself this question. Why do I want to run the marathon? I was the strongest in running sports when I was a little girl, but only one sport challenged my stamina: long distance. Furthermore, as I grew older, my parents forbid sports, and I could not pursue the passion I had for sports in the way that I desired.

Now I have reached 50, the longing to accomplish this challenge resurfaced over the last two years. At first, I tried to train independently, but I soon burned out. Finally, I committed to getting a professional trainer, which started very well, and accomplishing 10K easily and comfortably by November 2022. 

I could be running 10K at least once a week during my training. However, my knees were finding they ached throughout the night as the activity continued. I have had to review my eating habits, which are still a work in progress, and increase my water intake.

Persistence is a game where you keep making minor improvements until you finally achieve your goal. 

Similarly, highly successful people have the traits of discipline that I am gaining from my marathon, and that is, “men who control giant industries are enabled to determine with absolute precision just what percentage of every hundred thousand people will respond to any given set of conditions.”C.Haanel 

My dream is to develop the habits of persistence, discipline and incremental improvement to become the woman who has grown a highly successful property empire.

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  1. PennyMay Griffin
    December 17, 2021 / 11:20 pm

    A great achievement Nalia – I persit until I succeed is a great one !

    • Naila
      December 18, 2021 / 2:45 pm

      Thank you, Penny

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