Three years ago, I lost a lot of weight after my third child was born. I would study up on all the success stories--I loved looking at the before and after pictures. That will be me someday, I knew. I believed it. And because I believed it, I was very successful. I am certain, that if I had doubted myself for an instance, I would have failed.
So now my goal is to be successful as a writer, and I have to have that same kind of faith. Only if I believe that my efforts will reap a reward can I find the will to continue. If I didn't believe that, I'd have given up long ago.
I guess what I am learning is that perseverance means to be faithful--full of faith. It will happen. There is no reason to give up when tomorrow holds so much promise. And today, I can work to get ready for what tomorrow will bring.
Brian Moreland is a self-published author whose book Shadows in the Mist was recently picked up by Berkley/Penguin in New York. He wrote an article on his blog about dreams and his uphill battle to reach those dreams. Very inspiring. His mantra is, "Never give up. Keep climbing until you reach your goal. No matter what, stay persistent."
Which is very similar to my own: Keep moving forward.