By CAREEREALISM-Approved Expert, Deborah Shane Are you training yourself and your business for the marathon or a sprint? One of the most important and compelling qualities we develop as business people is perseverance. The ability to endure, keep going, stick to our vision and trudge through the plan and the way it rolls out. In the world of marathon or long distance running, the most important part of the race the runner trains for is the last 13 miles or second half. They train for endurance, pace and to get through the mental and physical walls. Regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur, small business, manager or an independent rep for a company, endurance and perseverance are what will get you through and help you thrive in economic cycles like we are experiencing now. “When you get to the end of your rope, you tie a knot and hang on.” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) When I think about the qualities people identify with me, perseverance, is one at the top of what they say are my “best qualities” list! I have instinctively known in life when you want something you have to work AT it and FOR it. Even as a young person, I set my sites and target to what I thought was the bulls-eye and kept shooting at it! Over time I have learned many lessons about how to stick to things, stay with things and what I need to do to set myself up for what I like to call the “long race.” In life and business, we need to train as “long distance runners” not “sprinters.” Our lives play out much better when we prepare more for a marathon, that prepares us for handling different cycles, ups and downs and the unexpected. I like the metaphor of perseverance being a strengthening of one’s abilities to be able to finish the race, by developing a pace driven process. Peak performance is like running a marathon. The training plan of all long distance runners includes coaching, technique, practice, endurance. Here are 5 fundamentals I believe contribute to perseverance. The ability and skill of being able to stick to, get through and continue through those cycles, parts and paths that make up our journey.