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Why it is important to be tenacious

Hey friends, Branden here!

Today I want to talk about tenacity. Tenacity is defined as “the quality or fact of being very determined; determination.”

What comes to mind when you hear that word?  For me, it brings up many feelings and emotions from my past.

We all have a story, and we all have hardships that we endure in life.  It may sound cliche and overplayed, but you know the saying, “fall down seven times, stand up eight”?

There have been several instances in my personal life that have knocked me down, such as our house fire, having shoulder surgery while at UW-Stevens Point with no recovery time, my parents getting divorced, so on and so forth. tenacity

Hardships like these will test your mental toughness and your mental tenacity.  It is important to have a good support system and be able to discuss and process these life events.

Beyond the mental is the physical, which I am better at dealing with. These are roadblocks that may be short, or much longer of a healing process.  I’m sure we all have twisted an ankle, or pulled a muscle, or something along those lines.  It’s the physical injuries that I can heal quickly because I know what is wrong and how to fix it.  Something I have gotten quite good at is listening to my body and knowing when to push the envelope and when to step back and recover.  It is important to know what ailments you have that require time off from the gym, or that require further needs, such as surgery.

At any rate, whether you are experiencing mental or physical pain, you must be tenacious.  Life is not fair, things will happen that are out of your control and they may seem insurmountable at that time.  Take things one day at a time and keep putting your best foot forward.  I wholeheartedly believe that if you have a positive mindset, good things will come.

I hope you remember this post in a time of need and you can say to yourself, remember to be tenacious.

-Branden

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