Persistence is probably one of the most admirable characters a person can possess. It’s the ability to be determined to do or achieve something regardless of any setbacks.
“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” – Bertrand Russell
Distinguishing attributes of those who succeed in life against those who don’t is persistence.
Many have the capacity to set goals and plans toward success, yet only a few succeed because only a few sticks to work on their goals and plans until it is accomplished.
The majority stops before they even start or they quit in the middle of their journey. Oftentimes, the reason for quitting is hardships, discomfort, and uncertainty. They let their fears and doubts paralyze them from moving persistently toward their goals. Or perhaps, their motivation isn’t firm enough to drive them to work on it.
Developing persistence is a master skill for success. It is easier to relax and do nothing, or just live in our comfort zone, rather than face the uncertainty and discomfort of sailing thru our goals. Plus, the idea of failure and hardship is unbearable.
But if you want to create change in your life and achieve success, now is the time to develop and master persistence. Here are 6 ways to help you develop persistence:
1. Identify Your Wants and Desires
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” – Lawrence J. Peter
Before you can develop persistence and eventually achieve success, you need to first identify your wants or desires. You can do this by simply writing down specifically all the things you want to have or accomplish. List down all your desires and wants, no matter how impossible they are to achieve at the moment.
2. Determine Your Motivation
Motivation comes from a deep reason why we want to achieve or have something. If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, it gives you more energy to keep moving.
For instance, you want to publish a book. Creating a book takes time and patience. If you don’t have enough motivation, a reason why you need to publish the book, you probably can never finish it. But if you’re motivated by the thought of influencing and teaching millions of readers through your words, only then will you keep pushing yourself to work on finishing the book.
3. Outline Your Definite Action Step
Identifying your wants or desires speaks of what you want to achieve. Determining your motivation shows the reasons why you want to achieve what you want. Outlining your definite action step is necessary to know how you will be able to achieve what you want.
When you know how to get what you want, it makes it easier to achieve it. To know-how, it pays to do some research and planning of what needs to be done on your part. Be specific on each step you need to take. Identify at least 2 ways and plans on how you can achieve your goals.
4. Keep a Positive Mental Attitude
The road to success is not easy, in fact, it’s challenging, this is why only a few succeed. There will be countless times you will be faced with defeat and failures that if you are weak, you’ll be succumbing to negative thoughts of fears and doubts.
In order to develop persistence and eventually succeed in your endeavor, always maintain a positive mental attitude, regardless of the situation. Keep your thoughts focused on taking action towards your goals. Avoid negative thoughts and feelings for it will ruin your concentration and persistence.
5. Build Your Mastermind Group
Mastermind Group composes of people who can help you succeed in your goal. Choose carefully who you will trust as part of your mastermind group. If possible, include only those who can give you unbiased judgments and who have a positive mental attitude.
You can’t afford to waste your time listening to cynical advice and pessimist people. These types of people won’t help you succeed; instead, they will drown your energy that can eventually lead to failure.
6. Develop Discipline and Habit
All your goal-setting and planning will go to waste if you won’t be able to develop discipline and good habits.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
There will be a lot of hindrances that will stop you from moving towards your goal, and without proper discipline, it will be easy for you to sail away. Upholding discipline and good habits can help you stay in the course, even despite difficulties.