“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
— Confucius

Perseverance is sticking with things. It is finishing what one starts, persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles, taking pleasure in completing tasks. Perseverance involves the mustering of one’s will in the face of contrary impulses. It is not fear that threatens action, but boredom, tedium, frustration, and difficulty. Perseverance is not laziness, giving up, losing heart, losing interest, or taking shortcuts. Studies have shown that when people think they will succeed, they persist longer at both easy and difficult tasks. Persistent people are likely to have an internal locus of control and are more likely to attribute failure to lack of effort than to bad luck, creating a greater sense of personal control.