There’s a good reason that there are four downs in football. Even if a player gets tackled on the one-yard line, there are still three chances to get across the goal line and score a touchdown. Players must be persistent and keep trying, and a good team often makes it.
It’s the same way in life. As long as you try hard, and as long as you are persistent, you can almost always find a way to be successful. Persistence in life – as in football – is not just about being stubborn and refusing to quit. While those are necessary elements, persistence is more than that.
Persistence is not always running headlong into a brick wall and expecting to go through. It is sometimes pausing and calling a time out, so you can refocus your thinking and come up with a new plan. Maybe you can go around that brick wall. Maybe you can jump over it. Or maybe you can just throw something over the wall and catch it on the other side.
Persistence is about keeping your eye on the ball, on the goal that you want to achieve, at all times. It is about focus and determination, and sometimes trying something new, just before time runs out. Just when you think you may never succeed, you break through the line and score.
Persistence is not just about being strong and not giving up. It is also about using the gifts you have been given to reach your own goals.