The Power of Perseverance
When I think of perseverance I’m like a dog with a bone who keeps at it long after it looks like there is nothing left on it, that it looks perfectly clean. For me it means keep on keeping on after others will quit. To do things I know have worked for others, over and over again long after people tell me that there is no use to continue, when people tell me I will never succeed and they shake their head . If you have seen some of my facebook posts lately, you will see that my husband, Geoff has the same quality He is repairing the ground around where we removed our pool back to where it was over 20 years ago.. He has been digging the posts out that were embedded in concrete and buried 4 feet in the ground. The first one took two days, the second one he broke in half before it came out. He finally figured out a way with a hydraulic jack that have simplified it so much, that I was able to remove two myself using his method. He would not give up until it worked effortlessly. He has perseverance. Remember everything is hard until it isn’t. When you keep on keeping on, you can overcome any disability. Perseverance and failure cannot coexist. Failure happens when you quit. When all is said and done, perseverance, commonly referred to as “stick-to-itiveness, or in Geoff’s case, stubbornness” is the ultimate success insurance. Nothing can take its place. Let’s examine this valuable, yet elusive character trait, to see how we can enhance our own level of perseverance in life. How are you currently equipped to persevere in pursuit of your dreams?
10 Ways To Raise Your Perseverance Quotient:
1. Be grown up., Become independent and take responsibility for yourself. When you step out, take risks, and succeed ; some people may be envious or fearful that they’re “losing” the old you. This can cause them to be critical of your new aspirations and plans. They become “dream stealers.” When you are overly concerned about what your family, friends and acquaintances might say, you might lose your drive to persevere and let your dreams fade away. This may be a great time to develop new friends who support your goals and gladly celebrate your achievements. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to abandon the old ones. But let them know how you feel. Just give them a little room to catch up with the new you!
2. Intentionally select positive re-enforcement. When you purchase books and tapes, movies and other media for your entertainment, seek those with strong, uplifting messages. that nurture your spirit. Avoid as much negative messaging as possible, including other outside influences that bring you down. When I’m traveling like I just did to Wisconsin, I pop in a motivational book or something that teaches me or reinforces lessons I’ve learned. Don’t feed your mind with negativity or violence it stays in your psyche.
3. Live healthy Energy and stamina are musts for perseverance. You need them for focus, resilience, optimism, self-confidence, clarity and intensity. It takes a lot of energy to continue after others are tired and given up.
4. Take the responsibility of perceiving reality . Decision-making is not a popularity contest and there’s definitely no guarantee that what the majority thinks or believes is compatible with the truth. This includes the people the majority regard as experts. When you seek the truth, you’re being true to yourself. When you’re true to yourself, you nourish your will to persevere.
5. When getting advice, consider the source. If you want to shorten the distance from perseverance to achievement, you want to learn from the mistakes of others, rather than repeating them yourself. And you want to use the methods that have brought others the success you seek. And here’s a fascinating corollary: if you are looking for a way out, an excuse to quit, you need go no farther than Aunt Matilda, your accountant, the folks at work, etc. You’ll get all the negative encouragement necessary to put your dream back on the shelf.
6. “Be true to yourself.” Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do. Remember whether you believe you can or you can’t, either way you’re right. Keep YOUR pace. It’s different from the pace of others. Forget the Jones’s, and don’t feel guilty about moving ahead of some of your team members.
7. Willingly forgive yourself and others. Do this for your own sake, your own peace of mind. Carrying around the emotions of grudges, disapproval, hatred, or disappointment is toxic to your spirit of perseverance. Whether the subject person is someone else or yourself, you are the one feeling the wound. You don’t hurt others when you hold hatred toward them; you hurt yourself. And you can hurt yourself seriously by allowing hatred to fester in your consciousness. You can’t experience anger and joy at the same time—so leave plenty of room for the joy!
8. Take reasonable risks . Without risk, there’s no reward. Risk avoidance dampens the spirit, undermining the will to persist in the face of obstacles and reversals. The choice not to choose is probably one of the riskiest choices you can ever make, with zero upside potential!
9. Get support. You deserve to be around folks supportive of your aspirations. All good psychologists, counselors, coaches and teachers will tell you that you must have exposure to a positive environment. Napoleon Hill called it a Mastermind Group.
10. Don’t quit. When there are days that you just don’t want to keep on, just start. It will make all the difference. As Edison observed when after thousands of efforts to make the electric light bulb produced no illumination, “I haven’t failed. I’ve identified 10,000 ways this doesn’t work” Because of his perseverance the world was greatly changed..
Success inevitably arrives for every person who perseveres. Learn from the people who did it: Let perseverance keep your goals alive. And your dreams real. Katie Ledecky, World record Swimmer and 4 Time Gold Medal Olympian recently stated in an interview, that what she does is, ” Every day I get in the pool and give it my all”. So I challenge you today to get in your pool and give it your all! Do what you love to do. Stand up for what you believe in. Make it a part of your life. Work toward it every day. Remember with every “No” you are that much closer to a “Yes” And by learning from each defeat and staying the course, success is inevitable.