PERSISTENCE ŠLee Wise 2002
I couldn't believe it -- I placed! My first swim meet. I felt GREAT!!
In fact, I felt so great that I decided to join South Bend's local AAU swim team.
Me, an AAU swimmer! The more I swam more I was enjoying myself. I could see myself "winning."
One problem: I also made freshman football team. Normally, that would not be a difficulty except for one thing ...
I knew I couldn't be excellent in both sports.
A DECISION TO FOCUS
I said, "I'm going to swim and that's it. No more football."
And that's exactly what I did. For next four years I swam. I swam in swim season and I swam in summer.
I was relentlessly persistent!
LET'S STOP AND THINK!
Persistence is a combination of these forces working together.
*Our desires. *Our commitment. *And a series of decisions to act!
Persistence is "fuel" that propels us toward achieving what we value most in life.
I KNEW WHAT I WANTED
Back to my story. I had a *strong* desire. I wanted to win. I wanted to be on that starting block, hear gun fire, enter water ...
I MADE A COMMITMENT
But I knew it would take one thing: commitment. I made commitment to work like crazy because I wanted to *excel* at my sport.