When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Keep Trying!

Encouraging you to keep trying on near a river.

Develop these traits and keep trying until you reach your goal!

Mandy Harvey lost her hearing at age 18 due to a connective tissue disorder.  She had been singing from a young age but gave up for years.  Then she decided to try to sing again.  She figured out that if she sang barefoot she could feel the vibration of the music in her feet.  And she wrote a song called Try that describes her struggle to sing again. When she sang her song “Try” on America’s Got Talent, Simon gave her the Golden Buzzer.

Today I saw an elderly woman completing a race by walking with a cane. She would not give up and had to keep trying. Even though she was the last one to finish the race, she did not give up.  She kept trying.

Like Mandy Harvey and the elderly woman in the race, I never give up.  I always keep trying.  I simply do not give up.

Mandy Harvey and I, as well as other persistent people, have some traits in common.

  • Find a Goal that Motivates.

Persistent people always have a goal that motivates us to keep trying until we succeed.

  • A Burning Desire.

We also have a burning desire to accomplish a goal.

  • Inner Confidence.

We are not swayed by others’ opinions.  We know what we want to accomplish and will not give up until we succeed.

  • Self-Discipline.

We persistent people have the discipline to keep working in spite of adversity because we believe our efforts today will pay off in the long run.

  • Ability to Adapt.

When one plan is not working, we simply adapt our plan instead of giving up.

  • Commit to Life-Long Learning and Keep Trying.

We are committed to learning something new every day of our lives.  Learning something new every day of our lives gives us more knowledge that we use to adapt our plans to succeed.

  • Role Models.

We have role models.  Mine is my Grandma.  I loved that woman so much and I keep trying to make her proud of me.  Mandy Harvey’s role model for relearning to sing was her own prior singing ability. The elderly woman in the race had healthy younger role models to emulate.


Persistent people keep trying until we give ourselves the golden buzzer award like Simon gave Mandy in the video above.  When we accomplish our goal against the odds, we feel like Mandy felt when Simon gave her the Golden Buzzer.

You can give yourself the Golden Buzzer, too.  Develop these traits and keep trying until you succeed!

Parents, role model these traits.  Talk with your children about what you are doing when you are trying to reach a goal.  Teach them to persist.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Never give up until you reach your goal!

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

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You can survive adversity.

Reduce anxiety and worry in a simple way.

The most powerful forces in the universe are faithlove, and positive thinking!

If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!


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Wendi Steinkamp

Wow I am speechless thanks


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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