Oh my “power” word, it’s Wednesday! Today is a great day to share a new favorite word! Last week I posted about how words have the ability to get me all fired up, and I made the decision to document those words for fuel when I need some extra motivation in my life. (You can visit my “Power” Word Page HERE.) After sharing some of my “power” words with you guys, I happened to stumble on a video coaching program called “A minute with Maxwell.” John Maxwell spends a minute adding “value” to your life by teaching you the meaning of a word! Imagine that… a professional speaker likes words too!!

In the midst of finals week, and now halfway through my masters program at UNT, the word perseverance seems extremely appropriate. Many of you might like this word for your personal circumstances as well. Especially since we are approaching the end of 2012, and looking forward to a new year filled with potential, new beginnings, and new opportunities.


According to, the noun perseverance means: 1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement, and 2. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

I like the verb, to persevere, even better: to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly (

As a a former college athlete and essentially still an athlete from a mental standpoint, the word to persevere holds a great deal of power. It is about beating the odds, pushing through trials, and continuing with everything you’ve got. Most of us know about Olympic athlete, Derek Redmond. I have seen this video at least ten times but his perseverance still makes me fight back tears. Not to mention his father’s love for him.

Now that I am no longer competing the same way I once was, when I played for MSU’s softball team, I am learning to persevere through different obstacles. For instance, bringing a Girls on the Run Council to Wichita Falls (after I get through my finals of course!).

My first step toward progress was to attend my appointment this afternoon with The Nonprofit Center‘s executive director, Stewart Harvey. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the meeting, but he helped me create my next plan of action. The Nonprofit Center is dedicated to equipping nonprofits  for success, and I highly recommend their services to any nonprofits. Mr. Harvey made me feel comfortable and worth speaking to, even though I feel as if I am a nonprofit rookie!

I knew bringing a Girls on the Run Council to Wichita Falls wasn’t going to be easy, yet the pressure to persevere only makes me more determine to follow through with it.

 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36

What are you persevering through right now? 

Do you have any new “Power” words?