per·sist·ent [per-sis-tuhnt, -zis-]
1. persisting, esp. in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering
2. lasting or enduring tenaciously
Persistent is another word that came from the same friend that gave me “O is for Opinionated“. She would know about my persistence considering the fact that she’s had to endure it time after time after time. There are some things that I just won’t give up on or I just won’t let go. I’m very much like the energizer bunny in this respect, there are some things that I will just keep going and going and going after until I reach the end result. This isn’t always good, but for the majority of the time, I can’t say that it’s bad.
I think a lot of the time, me being persistent is driven by my level of motivation. I’m persistent when I think I’m right (or I may not be right, but I think someone else is wrong), this has been most evident at work lately.
But there are times where my persistence is driven by my slight OCDness. Things need to be completed, and they need to be done properly. This for me is a hit or miss type of persistence, because it doesn’t always happen. There are a lot of things that I’m like “eh, whatever” and they don’t get completed or if they do get completed it’s a half ass job. Currently, an example of persistence driven by OCDness is being exhibited in playing The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. I don’t want to just beat the game, but I want to complete all the sidequests and make sure that I get and do everything possible (I’m strange like that some of the time).
You know, the more I think about this, and the more I write, I think that really me being persistent is completely driven by motivation, there’s something at the end of the line that I want when I’m being persistent.