Perseverance means Never Give Up! Be determined to succeed and keep trying no matter what.

In the recipe for success, a properly set goal is one key ingredient; the other is perseverance – a steadfast pursuit of the goal and a stubborn refusal to accept defeat. Perseverance is about self-confidence, self-respect, and self-control. It’s about loyalty, integrity, and honor. Without perseverance, setting goals would be a waste of time. With perseverance, the sky is the limit. Like other Black Belt Attributes, perseverance can be developed in ourselves through continual study and practice.

It is important to understand the difference between “being determined to win” no matter what and “staying on course” no matter what. Sometimes it is necessary to change the course, in order to find an alternate route to victory. Very simply; some obstacles we go over, other obstacles we go around. Perseverance is sticking to our goal, not necessarily to our original plan. In fact, it is prudent, wise, useful, and sometimes critical to have or make a “Plan B.” Circumstances change, and as they do, we must adapt to persevere and reach our goals.