Developing Persistence To Succeed
Success doesn’t come cheap. It takes patience, endurance, confidence, planning, strategizing, and… you guessed it, persistence. The following list describes the foundation for developing and maintaining persistence so you can accomplish virtually anything.
Block Out All Negativity
Sometimes our friends and family are the most discouraging bunch. There will always be a million reasons why something won’t work; be the reason it will. Avoid those with a negative view of your goals.
Expect a Challenge
Don’t go into this half-cocked thinking it’s going to be a breeze. You are probably going to struggle. You are probably even going to make more mistakes than you can count on both hands. If you have the mindset that you are ready for a challenge, it makes the bumps less tragic. What’s more, you are less likely to throw in the towel when you are prepared for a battle.
Build a Network
Networking with others in the same field, people with like minds will help keep your confidence up. You’ll likely learn a great deal from them and you can share your wisdom with them as well. A strong network is an invaluable resource for achieving great success.
Create Habits, Not Excuses
This is going to take some work, no doubt about it. Persistence is the direct result of habit. Avoid making excuses why you aren’t able to work toward your goals. There will always be distractions. Work on achieving your goals routinely. Creating this habit will train the brain to stay focused.
Power of Persistence in Achieving Success
In business, persistence is crucial for success; both in the start-up phase and for maintenance. Persistence is also critical for achieving personal goals as well. If you’ve ever seen a weight loss success story, you can bet your bottom dollar persistence was a big part. The rewards of persistence are far more than just achieving success. Take a look at some of the other benefits below.
You are going to put yourself through trials and tribulations when you set your mind to achieving success. With persistence in the driver’s seat, your confidence will improve, self-worth and self-esteem get a boost and your sense of purpose will rise to the top.
Greater Likelihood of Success
Obviously, not every goal is going to be successful. Sometimes business ventures just don’t pan out for one reason or another. Life has a way of interfering with our dreams. That’s just the way it goes. But when persistence is in play, the likelihood of succeeding is much greater. You can’t be a quitter and meet the finish line.
Increased Problem-Solving Ability
You are going to meet up with adversity, probably head-on, and probably more than once. Being persistent helps you build creative thinking skills and problem-solving techniques. If success is the goal, you might be forced to think outside the box and discover different ways of getting things done. Basically, it’s like taking a different route home from work until you find the best one.
Maybe you’re looking for the fastest or maybe you like to avoid freeways and toll roads. Whatever the case, brainstorming is going to be like second nature by the time you’ve reached the top.
Discover Valuable Resources
The persistent one uses their social circle and networking skills to reach out to others. Research never really ends when you are on a mission. Along the way, you are bound to make connections with people who are going to be valuable resources for your continued success. You might just run across a person with the exact skill set you need to employ, and bonus, this person is willing to work for pennies. This is great because as a startup, you don’t exactly have a ton of revenue to spend on paying wages.
Attract Successful People
Happy people like to be around other happy people. The same is true for successful people. They surround themselves with people who have the capability of nurturing their persistence rather than depleting it with negativity. You are likely to build an entirely new social circle promoting your venture and helping you succeed.
Remember, they too were once in your shoes and know the struggles are definitely real. This makes them more eager to help out when they can; be it an open ear or an investor, they will be there when you fall flat on your face because they know you are going to get right back up and persevere.
Build a Stronger Work Ethic
Particularly in the business world, if you have set a goal and are on a mission to achieve it, your work ethics are going to soar like never before. It’s likely you will often think about new strategies and adjustments in your plan that could expedite your success.
As an added bonus, it’s easy to feel proud of yourself for performing with integrity and grace during circumstances when you could have taken a less ethical road. It should come as no surprise how many business ventures fall short and personal goals get overshadowed by excuses.
It’s extremely difficult having the guts and drive to continue down a road that sometimes feels like the end will never justify the means. It’s a long ride on an emotional rollercoaster, and not for the faint of heart. The one with persistence though knows the fate of their goal is basically in their own hands. No one else has control and no one else is responsible for their happiness.
Perspective & Patience
These are two of the key ingredients to persistence. Your vantage point has a great deal to do with achieving success. Throughout the journey, you might need to adjust your perspective to keep the dream alive. Patience is also crucial. Ditch the clock and perseverating over time. You will get there when you are supposed to get there. When you allow time to have control, you’ll end up treating stumbling blocks as failures instead of stepping stones.
Whatever your goal, you are bound to meet up with some resistance in one form or another. Complications and obstructions are likely to surface from all directions, and sometimes all at once. You don’t have to throw in the towel and tuck your tail. You can win and achieve your goals with persistence and an “I’ve got this!” attitude!
Benefits of Being Persistent
A good salesperson makes a sale; a great salesperson creates a repeat customer. Both the good and the great salesperson have something in common. They are persistent. They ignore their surroundings and keep their eye on the prize. They have a goal and will stop at nothing short of success. When you are striving to achieve your goals, persistence is definitely a crucial and key component to your success. And it comes with many benefits!
There is no better way to boost confidence than through success. Pure and simple. When you set out to do something and get it done, you feel good. When you quit, you feel awful and guilt-ridden. Persistence is key to building confidence. And it’s even better when your main objective is broken down into smaller tasks.
Just think of all the reasons your confidence will soar! Each milestone achieved gets praise. We feed off of praise and positive reinforcement. It’s human nature. As confidence builds, we are also more willing to attempt things we never would have tried in the past. Our goals and dreams get bigger as we get more confidence. Nothing can stand in the way of confidence and persistence!
The Four P’s
Anything worth having is worth the work. Being persistent in the pursuit of a successful business is the cornerstone attribute. Without it, you might as well tuck your tail and head for the hills now rather than waste any more time. An entrepreneur is going to meet all sorts of adversity. People are going to say “no” throughout every stage of your business growth; from the very first step until you’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel.
You also need to get up in the morning and be relentless in achieving success, making this dream come true. Even when you don’t want to when you’d rather lay in bed or be a couch potato, get up and get after it.
This brings us to the next “P”. Perseverance plays a crucial part in success. You have to be persistent, absolutely! But when you get knocked off your feet, you will need the perseverance to get back up. To start again. To try harder. To try a different approach. To take it on the chin and keep pushing forward. It gets exhausting and you’ll likely want to throw in the towel more than once.
But it’s the perseverance that keeps you alive, knowing there will be better days and visualizing the light at the end of the tunnel. The feeling that although the plight up the mountain might be treacherous, the view from the summit is going to be phenomenal.
A successful entrepreneur is going to face all sorts of situations. They are going to question themselves, the ones around them, their abilities and worthiness. It’s par for the course. But their perseverance is what will save the day and keep the dream alive. Persistence is the act of relentlessly pushing forward; perseverance is the emotional drive that serves as fuel for the fire of persistence.
Along with perseverance, you’re going to need an endless storage bank of patience. Some ideas you try will be successful; others will fail miserably. Without patience, you can kiss the dream good-bye. You might be waiting on a contractor to start/finish a job. You might be waiting on a supplier to return your calls or an investor to cut a check.
The wait is going to feel like it will eat you alive, like your hands are tied. And sometimes, they are. You may not be able to move forward with the next step until this one is complete, and that’s okay. Be patient. Do it right the first time and you won’t have to start all over from the beginning again.
Time Builds Patience. But it’s true. It’s uncomfortable and grueling, but when your patience is tested and you survive, it gets easier the next time. Built on that. Be patient in the pursuit of your dreams. The end result is worth the wait.
Passion is what stands behind every other “P” and prods it forward, never lets the goal out of sight. There is a purpose. When passion is in the driver’s seat, there is a constant flow of motivation. And if there is motivation, persistence and perseverance become second nature. Passion aids in the creative process for entrepreneurship also.
The whole process to be alive; a concept which your passion has given life, breath. The whole process of triumphant entrepreneurship goes full circle. To truly be successful, you need all four; persistence, perseverance, patience, and passion.
Skipping one isn’t really a viable option if you are hoping to succeed. Success is not an accident. Devise a strong business plan and follow through. Don’t give in or give up. Modify your plan as necessary but remember to keep your eye on the prize. Through hard work, dedication, a positive outlook, incredible drive, and passion the world will be in the palm of your hands.
Creating Habits through Persistence
Whether your goal is a startup or something more of a personal nature, persistence is going to be your go-to trick of the trade. You are inevitably going to face some ups and downs. There will be times of smooth sailing and other times when the water is so choppy you feel even your life vest isn’t going to help. The key is to persist. Keep going and don’t quit until your goal has been realized.
The road to success isn’t easily paved; if it were, everybody would be doing it. Think of all the people you have known over your life who have expressed dreams and never followed through. Or the ones who have attempted to make their dreams come true, but threw in the towel, and probably right before real success was just within their grasp. And then there is the third group. The group of people who seemed to think, breathe and live their goals. The ones who constantly pushed past adversity and never gave up.
Undoubtedly, they had hiccups along the way, like everything else in life. But they persevered and persisted. They created the most important habit of all: going for it even when you don’t feel like it. It became natural for them, part of their routine. And this is what they have in common with the most successful people in the world.
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