As many of you know, last July I did the Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride. It is a 205 mile cycling event that most people complete in two day, but somehow I finished it in one!!! It took me 16 hours and by the grace of God, I finished unscathed. I did however look like the hunchback of Notre Dame by the time I made it to the finish line. I was super proud of myself for my accomplishment because I completed a major ride, over 200 miles, in my first season. The magnitude of my accomplishment didn’t sink in until a few weeks ago when I took a day trip and drove from Portland to Seattle, and back.
That morning, I woke up at 6:30am and was on the road by 8am. I arrived in Seattle by 11am even combatting the winter snow. I ran my intended errands in Seattle and was back on the road to Portland by 2:30pm. I was adamant about getting back before dark. I arrived in Ridgefield where my parents live around 5pm because they had asked me to stop for pizza. I left by 7pm and was back in Beaverton around 7:45p. By this time, I was very tired and I was in bed by 8:30p that evening. When I woke up the next morning a strange thought occurred to me, “Though I made a complete round trip drive to Seattle and back yesterday, I was only awake for a total of 14 hours. That was 2 hours less than I was on my bike for STP and that did not include my preparation time before and after the ride. That’s crazy!”
The next day, I was talking with a cycling friend and told her my random thought. She said, “You know why right? You have perserrrr…”. Talking to me like I was a child. As she was rolling her r’s at me, I said, “I have endurance!” As she said “perser” and I said “endurance” at the same time and it sounded like we said, “perserdurance”. We both started laughing and as I said the word again and again, I started to grow fond of it. I quickly texted my sister and said, “I HAVE PERSERDURANCE!”. In typical sisterly fashion she said, “You have what!?”. I knew then that I needed to explain the story and what the word meant.
Noun: a combination of perseverance and endurance.
I quickly explained to her my definition for the word and why I identified so strongly with it. To me it means continuing towards a goal no matter how many obstacles you face, combined with the mental toughness that is required to keep going, even when you want to quit. I said, “Looking back, I can attribute it to every major goal I have ever achieved in life. Whether it was a crazy bike ride like STP or earning a career car with Mary Kay Cosmetics.” My sister laughed at me and said, “Well, when you set your mind on something, there is nothing that can stop you.”
I challenge you this week to find opportunities to activate your perserdurance. I am a believer that it is a leader’s commitment to the long haul and willingness to never give up that makes the difference between success and defeat.
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