Imagine you want to encourage someone because of their "seriousness" in performing their actions and because of their persistence. What comes to my mind is just a direct translation from my language:

We would say:

  • Your seriousness is admirable.

Does it make any sense to you? If not how a native speaker would convey the same thing?

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dedication - the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose - is an appropriate word to use in your given scenario, and can be used with the exact same wording you've provided:

Your dedication is admirable.

If the object of this dedication isn't implicit in the conversation, we can specify it in the sentence:

Your dedication to your children is admirable.

Your dedication to your work is remarkable.

I owe my life to the bravery and dedication of the rescue services.

If you wish to focus on their persistence, then perseverance - continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition - can also be used to describe that attribute.

His perseverance was rewarded: after many rejections, he finally found a job.

And both expressions can also be used in tandem:

Medicine is a field which requires dedication and perseverance.

  • Can we say something like: "Your perseverance is admirable" @mike?
    – A-friend
    Jan 12, 2017 at 14:56
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    @A-friend - yes, that sentence would be perfectly acceptable in my opinion.
    – mike
    Jan 12, 2017 at 19:36

Might I suggest Solemnity.

    Your solemnity is admirable.

    I appreciate your solemnity.

The state of being solemn is solely being serious.

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