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Tenacity: The Upside of Being Stubborn

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Is there an upside to being stubborn? When you are faced with obstacles, stubbornness can help you move ahead instead of being stopped by them

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There’s an upside to being stubborn?

Sure there is! When I say “stubborn” I don’t mean being hard-hearted, unteachable, or rude. Nope! I am talking about being firm in your beliefs and standing strong in the face of opposition. I believe that being stubborn can be a great tool if used properly.

How? Well, being a little bit obstinate can keep you from…

  • Giving up too easily
  • Being wishy-washy or easily swayed
  • Succumbing to peer pressure
  • Stressing too much about what others think

When it comes to health, fitness, and just about anything in life, we could all use a dose of stubbornacity (new word!). Are you frustrated with your health and fitness? Don’t give up – keep forging ahead and add something new!

Are you discouraged by other people’s put-downs and criticisms? Steel your mind against the words of your enemies and keep moving forward!

It’s okay to be a little bit stubborn. Don’t give up on your dreams because others disapprove. There is a time for everything in life, and there is a time to be stubborn. There absolutely can be a balance between being gracious and having tenacity.

“There is an appointed time for everything….
…A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:3-8 NASB

When do you feel being stubborn is the right thing to do?

6 thoughts on “Tenacity: The Upside of Being Stubborn”

  1. I am actually working really hard on learning when being stubborn helps me as a distance runner, most of the time, and when I am beyond stubborn and hurt myself. Trying to learn the difference.

    • It can be hard to find that balance, especially in fitness. I keep reminding myself that I have only one body, so I need to take care of it, even if it means backing off my fitness a little bit.


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