Nelson Mandela once said: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Perseverance is a quality that every good leader possesses. Life is not just about having skills or talent but about following them through.

Perseverance is important in tough times when it can be most tempting to give up. Being a business owner and a horse owner (they go together for me) continually teaches me so much about perseverance.

Here’s a few tips that I’ve learned throughout my career to help you persevere:

  • Remaining present in the moment and taking it one step at a time helps you focus on what needs to be done now, rather than feeling overwhelmed. (I really have to thank my horses for this one!)
  • Making sure you’re aligned to your sense of purpose will lead to greater satisfaction and more motivation to keep going.
  • Talk to someone – as the saying goes, “a problem shared is a problem halved”.
  • Prioritise what truly matters. You don’t have to persevere with everything, just decide what’s worth it.

What tools do you use to persevere?