Yeah, I know….this one’s up super late. This weekend was a little crazy, but I’d rather have delayed this post than offered up something inferior – after all, quality is key, not quantity.
So anyway, just thought it’d be a great idea to continue in the train of thought on some key factors that speed people along to their success – one of the biggest things being persistence.
Musings Episode 54: Persistence…
One of the biggest things that lead to failure in pursuit of anything is lack of persistence…and to be quite frank, it can be avoided so easily. It’s just a matter of changing perspective and really recognizing within yourself how much you want to accomplish your goal.
There’s a great quote by Earl Nightingale…
The starting point, and basis of persistence boils down to willpower. When you combine will power with desire, there’s no stopping you. The key to always remember is whatever you pursue, make sure it benefits all who partake. I’ve said this before but it deserves reiterating – no – absolutely no wealth can long endure unless built from truth and justice.
Persistence has to be both conscious and subconscious – you’ve gotta remember, this is YOUR dream or goal. Whether it’s learning to be the best goal keeper in soccer, or turning that little part time sandwich shop business you’ve been building after your regular day job into a full time restaurant, the responsibility of your future and the goals you have planned for it boil down to YOUR will power, YOUR desire, YOUR faith, and YOUR PERSISTENCE.
It’s really all on you. You can have encouragement from others – but at the end of the day, it’s you who has to persist with those little habits you have to turn consistent. Doing one little thing a day towards your goal makes a bigger difference than just sitting there doing nothing, day in, day out, or worse – theorizing.
The same way so many people have dedication or feel an obligation to get up and go to their job every day, the same way people make sure to eat lunch/dinner on time, is the same way you should be persistent and dedicated to pursuing whatever goal you have, business, personal, or romantic related.
It’s all about repetitive effort.
I remember getting into web design and learning about both the hardware and software side of computers when I was a teen. There was a Goodwill that sold old computers for cheap, and had them by the dozen. A lot of times the mouse and keyboard they’d throw in for free.
Through desire and persistence, backed by will power, I learned a lot more about computers than people twice my age did. No, I didn’t have state of the art equipment, but the quality of equipment wasn’t the education…because even with all the “high quality” equipment, everything starts somewhere with basics.
If you learn the basic concept of things, that’s how you grow to understand how many other things work. A strong foundation is key. This is why persistence is so important.
You’ve gotta be persistent in reaching your goal, even if it means it may take a bit of time and education first.
You’ve gotta be persistent in getting better at something you’ve been working on, even if you’ve not been able to break past the “plateau” you find yourself to have reached.
The easiest way to gain persistence all starts with taking little, tiny steps, everyday. Those little steps turn into larger strides, then light jogging…running….then sprinting.
Eventually the “great feat” called persistence comes just as natural to you as brushing your teeth or eating lunch. It becomes habit. A part of your life…and it feels weird if skip it or ignore it – the same way skipping a shower before going to bed feels.
So no matter where you’re at in accomplishing your goal, as long as you’ve started somewhere and are on a consistent basis working towards it, you’ve already mastered some if not all of the entire concept of persistence.
…and if you haven’t started, what the hell are you waiting for? Do it now.
Remember – persistence is a state of mind. There are 8 factors that are integral parts of persistence…all of which I’ll share with you in the next “Make it Mondays” post. So stay sharp, look out for both it and the next Business Tools Tuesdays post, and of course…
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