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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Persistence and Pennies

Persistence and Pennies

I have known many dance students who are driven to persevere despite many obstacles - like having a less-than-perfect body for ballet.  These dancers carry on, often for years,  in spite of nay-saying teachers, friends, etc.  And against all odds, I have seen them succeed.  Oh, it took longer and undoubtedly required a great deal of sacrifice and determination, but these dancers taught me to never say never.

I wonder if all those dancers who gave up might have succeeded – if only they had stayed the course for a few more weeks, days, months, or years.  It made me think that it would be nice if we had a way to know how close we are to reaching our dream. Wouldn’t it be great if could use something like a jar of pennies to monitor our progress.  Every day that we work toward our goal – whatever that goal might be – we’d add a penny to the jar.  If we knew we'd succeed when the jar was full, we’d see exactly how much longer it would take, and how many pennies we’d need to add, before we’d finally arrive at our destination.  That way, we’d never give up when we were only pennies away.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Motivational Secret #4a:  

Never give up – you might be only “pennies” away.”


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