"Big shots are the little
shots who kept shooting."
Persistence plays a critical role in the quest for wisdom, achievement,
success, fulfillment and self-confidence. Most of the eventualities we long for
require our focused, vigilant attention, not to mention ingenuity, patience,
flexibility and stick-to-it-ness.
Persistence involves setting a goal, committing to a course of action, making
the necessary sacrifices, overcoming obstacles, setbacks and criticism – all the
while maintaining your motivation, energy and faith in yourself.
It requires adaptability in a variety of situations as well as reviewing and
altering expectations. Persistence keeps you on a trail of possibilities that
sustains you when you hit a wall with one course of action. It enables you to
reenergize yourself so that you can continue to explore creative options.
The words of President Calvin Coolidge tell us of the unique importance of
this strength: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent
will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will
not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world
is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are
What is so elusive about persistence? What makes it so difficult to learn and
convert into habit? This is a haunting question for anyone who, in good faith,
made a New Year’s resolution and blew past it by January 3rd. How does
procrastination become a way of life, often resulting in self-loathing?
If persistence eludes you and you have labeled yourself lazy, a
procrastinator, one of life losers, you may want to rethink your conclusions so
you can effectively develop the goals and habits that bring them to fruition.
You can resign from the “I couldn’t change a habit if my life depended on it”
club. Since this club has many, many members, you certainly won’t be missed if
you choose another path!
Procrastination is the enemy of persistence and the thief of your precious
time. Too many people spend too much time trying to understand why they’re in
this trap when it would be so much more productive to determine what needs to be
modified and what factors play a continuing role in supporting this ineffectual
pattern of thinking and behavior.
What might currently be maintaining this pattern of avoidance? To build the
strength of Persistence, it’s important to identify the factors that are
maintaining procrastination. You might procrastinate because a particular task
is distasteful, boring or, at the moment, seems rather inane. Something else
might be so much more appealing, competing with the less attractive
Another reason for this bad habit may be fear; you might feel inadequate and
may not want to have the inadequacy confirmed for all to see. Or you may be
fearful of an unsure outcome, once you commit your time and energy to the goal.
Fear of success can be a powerful variable, as well. If you succeed, you or
someone else might expect you to maintain that level of functioning. If you have
perfectionistic tendencies, you may fear taking on an endeavor that could
manifest in a flawed result. Heaven forbid!
Feeling pressure from others to perform can produce resentment and
resistance. Or you might feel entitled to have your dream today without all the
wear and tear – the desire for and expectation of quick, easy results. Another
action stopper is learned helplessness. This is a mindset in which you may feel
that no matter what you do, your actions will not make much of a difference in
the final result, so why bother?
Once you have ascertained the underlying factors, you can design a
Persistence approach that will set you in forward motion. This will require
having a vision, turning trouble into opportunity, and taking control of the
journey to your dreams by developing proactive beliefs and behaviors.
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If you’d like to discover your own Positive Path, one that can lead to a life of fulfillment and ultimate personal power, contact Sharon Esonis at (760) 221-8032, or send an email to email@example.com.
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