4 key pillars to being tenacious: Discovering willpower to succeed.

By Waceke Wambaa

We need all the help we can get to achieve our goals. Sometimes that staying power is like gas (petrol) where there seems not to be enough in the tank to keep you going in order to reach your targeted destination. How do you keep yourself motivated during those challenging days and nights?

It’s found in keeping the commitment to the original commitment made. That’s tenacity. Staying the course not based on short term reactions and happenings but the long term goal which often can be so far removed from the current life experiences. The willpower to hold on. The strength and resolve it takes to do this is not an easy thing to do, let alone maintain through a sustained period of time. Whether it’s in a married couple going through their lives for the first, 10th, 30th year together, or it’s that athlete committed to the work, the discipline it takes to be at the top of their field- the sacrifices, the heartache, the pain, the joy and the satisfaction, they are all real.

Finding a willing cheerleader along the way sure helps though. Just like that car that finds a gas (petrol) station where they can fuel up before getting back on the road, I thought to encourage you, give you that zap of motivation, of energy, a CHARGE for you to take, embrace and use along your journey. You’ve got this!

I put together some of the synonyms that have been used to help define tenacity specifically with the Merriam-Webster dictionary alongside the charge. Further discussion with definitions and insight into our commitment for our goals can also be found in episode 5 of Victory in Mind Podcast.

My goal is this:

That you would find your motivation point. That you can use that motivation and apply it to the decisions you have made, you will make and are currently making. That you would chew on these charges. Marinate on them. Then stand up and do you.


Courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. 

May you find the courage to say yes. To say no. To stay the course. To know when to say, “This is enough.”  


Mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.  

When you are facing a difficult situation, may you find that extra gear in you not to quit. May you find the resilience to make it to the finishing line no matter what stage in the marathon of your life you find yourself in.  


Spirit also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened. 

May your strength rise when it feels like you have no strength left to give. May you find inner peace when the tension to break, feels stronger that the surety you will make it. Stay the course. Do not quit. Rest is just around the corner.  


Resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one’s ends.  

May you find that inner strength and courage our pioneering fathers and mothers, sons and daughters had to dream us into the lives we lead today. May that firm determination to finish what you started not be derailed but prevail all the way. To the end.

And when it feels like you can’t take one step further, where it’s another door slammed in your face. Another let down. Another beat down. Another something. Get up. You can do it.

Your life and what you believe you were created to be and to do, is not a mistake. You are not a mistake. Don’t quit. You have come this far. You’ve got another step, another breath in you. Steady your mind to stay the course. You are tenacious for that which you were created to be and to do.

What goal or objective are you determined to see completed in your life for today, this week, month, this year and beyond?
Are you resolute – that quality of stubborn persistence to achieve that which you are focused on?

Are you tenacious? Remember that tenacity will not look the same for everyone of us… so do you as you live and walk with victory in mind.

Online Dictionary resource:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenacity accessed on April 2, 2021.

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