by Julie Furlong
I have always lived by a number of personal mottos. One of them is: “all you need is passion, personality and persistence”, and I have learnt over time that persistence is the one strength most important to achieving your goals and one that will always, most certainly, pay off. Persistence is a quality asset too. But how do you become persistent? There’s no substitute for getting up again and again after failure.
I’m the sort of person who never gives up. I think it’s because I have vision and my faith in my goals is so strong it ensures I take the next steps to achieving them, until they are finally conquered. I’ve had a number of projects on the go lately (going on and on and on) for which persistence has been the key to getting through.
Pressing on, even though I often feel like quitting, isn’t easy of course, especially not with all the distractions and challenges around me. But being persistent also, usually, gets me much more than what I was after.
So how do you persevere?
It takes patience, vision, motivation, adaptability and some passion of course. I urge you to be the one to persevere, so here are some points I’d like to share with you to help you push forward:
Know where you are going, have vision and focus on your goals. When you know this, it makes everything easier to achieve and your persistence will provide you with the strength to carry on. Persistence is not about hanging onto the past. It comes from a vision of the future so compelling you’d do anything to make it happen. Work out your action steps to get there. If you don’t know where you are going you will end up nowhere. (Read: Starting over again)
Work out what motivates you, then keep your thoughts focused on the next action towards that goal. Develop your own particular style of discipline and habits (Read: Good life habits). Motivation is what will get you started; habit is what will keep you going. Regardless of repeated failures, dead ends, and periods when it seems like no progress is being made, a lack of success often comes before any major breakthroughs. Find your inner energy and intensity to keep motivated to get through the tough times. (Read: Motivate me)
Have the ability and flexibility to adjust and adapt. Be objective about your plans and the action steps you have in place. Always look for ways to increase your chances of achieving your goal, then change your approach accordingly. I often say to myself, ‘oh well, if those steps don’t work, I will change my strategy’. One step at a time, while staying flexible, gets the job done – tick!
Persistence is about lifelong learning. You have to realise that any goal worth reaching will always take time, effort, continuously learning new skills, using new tools and plenty of thought work. So welcome change and new ideas and continue looking for ways you can incorporate these into your life. See learning and self-development as a way to reach your goals more quickly. Learning and continual growth do not end at a certain age or stage of life, they are the never-ending essence of life.
Persistence is not stubbornness, it’s vision. Your persistence will provide its own motivation, eventually at some point getting you the results you want. Your goals may change from time to time and that’s okay. Or giving up is okay too, if your goals change along the way. But persistence can provide you with the strength to carry on, when things may seem tough and slow. In simple words, persistence means the attitude and personality trait of working hard and trying again and again until success is achieved. So, no matter what happens, rely upon your self-discipline and believe that everything you do will somehow count toward the right outcome in the end. Persistence is the quality of never giving up and holding on to your dreams, no matter what the odds. Develop and enjoy your persistence!