THE “WHAT WHY & HOW” OF STEADFASTNESS

From The Family Virtues Guide

WHAT IS STEADFASTNESS?

Steadfastness is being steady and dependable, sticking with something no matter what. Do you know the story about the tortoise and the hare? Even though the tortoise was very slow compared to the rabbit, he won the race by being steadfast. He kept on going.

Steadfastness is being faithful and purposeful. Steadfastness is remaining true to someone or something in spite of any tests or obstacles that appear to stop you. When you are steadfastness, you commit yourself to something for however long it may take.

WHY PRACTICE STEADFASTNESS?

Without steadfastness people waver. They can be enthusiastic one minute and doubtful the next. They may finish something they agreed to do or they may forget about it. It depends how many doubts they have or how hard it becomes to keep their commitments. You never know what you can count on with someone who is not practicing steadfastness.

When we are steadfast, even when we have doubts, in out hearts we remain committed. When we are steadfast we can shrug off the doubts because down deep we know where we stand and are committed for the long run. Others are reassured by the strength and dependability of our commitment. With steadfastness we keep moving forward.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE STEADFASTNESS?

You practice steadfastness by being committed. You need to decide if something is worthy of your commitment. Think about it and then decide. You need to know before you start that you are in this until it is finished.

Then pace yourself. When you practice steadfastness, you keep a steady pace, and remain constant no matter what. If you are doing a job, keep at it without going too fast to tire yourself out or too slow to get it done on time. Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going. If you are steadfastness in learning something new, you stick with it even when you wonder if you’ll ever understand. Get whatever help you need to keep going.

If you are a steadfastness friend, you stick by your friends even when they aren’t much fun, they need a lot of attention, or they are going through a hard time.

When you find yourself wondering, “Can I really do this?” or “Is it really worth all this effort?” steadfastness helps you to accept your doubts and do it anyway.

You are like a strong ship in a storm. You don’t let yourself become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.

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