The past couple of weeks have been an exciting time of preparation, hard work, and perseverance. From a professional standpoint I have been working towards a coaching certification to solidify and round out the 12 years of practical coaching experience that I have. Over this past week I completed the last requirement for that certification process -- I took a lengthy exam to assess my knowledge and application of core coaching competencies.  Drum roll please….I passed.  So now, I am officially a certified coach. 

On a personal note, the choir I am in is preparing for a fundraiser concert to buy a grand piano for our new church space.  In the past two weeks, we have had three practices and learned four new pieces of intricate music. We are excited to share these new songs along with some old favorites with the audience attending the concert in just a few weeks.

You may be wondering, “Where is she going with all of these stories?” As I reflect on the perseverance and the effort involved in both of these achievements, it reminds me of a conversation I had with a client late last week. This client has been working towards a new role for a few months. She had everything on paper that she needed in order to succeed:  She had put in the hard work and the effort to increase her skills and her experiences for this new role, but she entered the interview process with concerns about being able to articulate her story and convey the accomplishments she had made which translated into the work required in this role. 

I worked with this wonderful individual on her confidence and mindset going into the interviews.  She made a breakthrough in how she was viewing herself while voicing the capabilities and impact she could bring to the role.  When I saw her at the end of last week, she was beaming – she aced the interview and got the job!  She said it was due to her perseverance and the increased confidence she brought to the interview.

Work hard for the things that matter most to you in life.  Set backs happen, but the difference is in how you respond.  How would you rate your perseverance?  What is holding you back from achieving your current goal?