“I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” — Og Mandino.
Such is the nature of life that no matter what you do there is always the possibility that one will face difficulty. No matter how well laid out your plans are, there will be times when things don’t exactly go according to plan, when the world seems to be against you and moments when you FAIL!
We are a truly unique existence, in us, hope and anguish can coexist and still create something truly amazing. Persistence is the ability to maintain action regardless of your feelings. You press on even when you feel like quitting, until you achieve that important goal.
So now you wonder how are you supposed to keep up your spirits when it seems like the whole world is against you? How does one keep fighting the good fight when you don’t have it in you to go another round, let alone another day, week, month or years, even?
Einstein once said “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” The simple truth is that when we face adversity in our lives, when the storm of life threatens to up-end everything we have worked for, it is during moments like these when our confidence and self esteem is so low that we feel worthless, when the easy thing to do is to quit and perhaps attempt something different, something new: These are the moments when we need persistence the most.
It is so very easy to just give up and start anew. this is exactly what a majority of us do because it is a natural human tendency to pick the easy way. Everybody enjoys the fun and easy things in life in contrast nobody really likes the grind and hard stuff. Unfortunately, when one is not willing to persist and instead quits whenever the going gets tough, it almost always leads to long term failure in life as they never really stick with something long enough for it to truly flourish or bare fruit.
Much of persistence is based on the fundamental prerequisite of focus as I elaborated in THIS post. Focus is the pathway to persistence, therefore, being able to focus and trudge on through periods of adversity stands you in good stead to achieve something of real meaning and value in life.
When you work on any big goal, your motivation can wax and wane. Sometimes you’ll feel motivated; sometimes you won’t. But it’s not your motivation that will produce results — it’s your action. The decision to persist. To make progress even when you don’t feel like it. From my personal experiences and observation this is what truly sets the people who succeed and those who do not apart.
Very often when you persist through difficult times you realize that you learn something that will help you progress farther than you could before. Persistence, per its very nature ensures that one who indulges in it comes out a better person for it. And as Richard M. Devos put it “If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying. “Here comes number seventy-one!”
Don’t lose sight of your hopes and your dreams, but also don’t forget about what you have in the present moment. Keep your focus and as Dale Carnegie said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” So therefore, keep on moving, keep on being persistent and don’t ever give up, no matter how long it takes to achieve your dreams.