Do You Have the 3 Ps? Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance

Do You Have the 3 Ps? Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance

In yesterday’s post about learning to wait on God and having patience, one reader’s humorous comment about wanting patience “this minute” reminded me of the adage, “Be careful what you wish/pray for!” It’s worth pondering! Do you REALLY want to pray for patience? The dictionary definition for patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”  In other words, we can only develop patience by going through a struggle of some kind, not when everything is going well!


Yes, we do need patience to accompany situations that require persistence (“firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition“)and perseverance (“steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success“).


So really, the combination of persistence and perseverance is like that extra push to succeed. Sometimes that’s just what we need. It’s true, you know. Be honest. Most of us know exactly what we should do, as opposed to what we want to do … but when obstacles get in our way, they can sometimes seem insurmountable.



The idea of achieving the goals we set for ourselves in this new year may seem impossible when the “giants” rise up – accidents, health issues, financial woes, family or relationship problems – these and so many other hurdles can thwart our attempts to move forward, or at least around them, as we seek an alternate route.


But watch this and see what we can learn… from a BABY!! This is worth watching until the end … just a little over 2 minutes!

This baby had a goal: climb up on that couch.  She faced obstacles, momentarily became distracted,  confronted her “mountain” again, then accomplished her goal.  Did you notice her utter joy upon attaining that achievement, especially in the last 30-45 seconds of the video clip? Can you relate? It’s that “YES, I DID IT!!” feeling of exhilaration!


Your additional inspiration for this Wednesday…



“Stubbornly persist,

and you will find that

the limits of your stubbornness

go well beyond

the stubbornness of your limits.” 

~Robert Brault




“Our greatest glory is not in never failing,

but in rising up every time we fail.” 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. 

Hold on; hold fast; hold out.  Patience is genius.” 


~Georges-Louis Leclerc



My reflections:


These thoughts really speak to me regarding some current life circumstances. I especially like this one: “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.




So what are YOUR thoughts?


Do you find it easy to persevere so you can achieve your goals?


Isn’t it interesting what we can learn about persistence and perseverance from watching the baby in that video?





~~Be Blessed and Encouraged!~~


3 thoughts on “Do You Have the 3 Ps? Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance

  1. It depends on which goals I am trying to accomplish at the moment. The one with my daughter who wants to yell and scream all the time in the home and blaming it on her ODD / ADHD I do not. She is 16 and 1/2 and thinks she knows everything. I ask for strength every day to deal with her. as some days I do not have any.

  2. Sometimes, lots of perseverance does the trick for me. A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to drive a car. I got myself a learners permit and a friend to teach me how to drive. I had fun driving but, when it came time to take the test, it didn’t happen. I decided to contact a driving school. I took lessons and practiced with my friend. I thought that I was ready for the road test. Nope. Road test failure number two. But I am too stubborn to quit. I practiced and took a few more lessons and went for road test number three and… I now have a driver’s license! No car but a license! One step at a time, taken resolutely and with energy.

  3. The one thing I would add is “compassion.” I think when we’re striving for our goals we have to have compassion. This compassion is to ourselves. This means be nice to yourself. There is that saying that rules are meant to be broken. Well, goals are almost always broken. I believe as we pursue our goals with persistence and perseverance, we reach those road blocks and we have to adjust and tweak our goals to make them more achievable. With that, we have to show compassion towards ourselves. You can’t reach your goal if you’re spending all of your time beating yourself up.
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