Persistence is a truly admirable trait and one that is essential if you are ever going to accomplish your goals or effect change. It can be so easy to get discouraged when you feel that your plans are going awry or when progress seems slow at best. It has been a huge adjustment for me to move from my previous role in which I could just make decisions relying on my instinct and knowledge. As long as I met my student quota, kept within my budget, had healthy and happy horses and students who learned and felt challenged, I was just left alone to guide the ship. I have since had to shift gears and embrace the committee decision making process which requires enormous time gathering data, discussing multiple factors and building consensus before choosing a course of action that may not be my personal preference.
There have been times when I just want to throw my hands up in despair, thinking that we are never going to actual reach a decision and move forward. However, collateral benefit of this process is becoming a better listener and developing greater patience. Still, being human, I can sometimes get quite frustrated with the process and that is when I remember this statement I heard years ago and it helps me regain my perspective.
"Never give up. For fifty years they said the horse was through. Now look at him – a status symbol!"