Persistence is the key to your growth and development as a person. It is essential in the process of bringing your dreams and desires into life! Persistence is what drives your power of will, so it is very important that you are consistently improving and maintaining a high level of tenacity. When combined, willpower and the burning desire that is inside of you, work in harmony and amazing things begin to happen! Now, keep in mind that persistence and motivation are two different things, and this makes a difference on your road to success.
Everyone loves to feel energized and to be cheered on by those around them; essentially being surrounded by nothing but positivity. The only thing is that just like motivation, the hype that others give you is short-lived. What does this mean? This means that you shouldn’t depend on the encouragement of others and motivation alone because they only last so long before you no longer feel the excitement. This is exactly where persistence steps in and why it is so important.
There are a few things that you need to know about motivation if you don’t already.
You can’t wait for it to come to you or for you to “feel like it”.
It is not guaranteed to always be there, hence why you should not be waiting on it.
You see, what people struggle with the most when it comes to feeling motivated, is that they think that they NEED it in order to get things done. It could be from the smallest task to even bigger ones that may impact their lives greatly, but their excuse is that they just didn’t feel motivated enough. That’s exactly where they go wrong. It is when you don’t feel like it that you need to attack the lack of motivation. In the moments where you feel tired, frustrated, and where you say that you can’t take it anymore, is when you must push yourself even more! You will thank yourself when you get to the other side.
Persistence begins in your mind, right when you have a desire to do or have something. Once you have that set in your mind and spirit, what do you usually think about next? How am I going to get what I want? Right? So, you sit down and think some more, maybe share your ideas with a loved one, but then you begin to plan. Things get more serious when you get to the planning stage, because you have set an intention and you know exactly what you need to do to get what you want. Constantly remind yourself that in order to obtain something you’ve never had, you have to do things that you have never done! You may have heard that many times before, but it holds so much truth to it and it has been proven time and time again by successful people that that’s what you need in order to reach success. The point is, that it is a step by step process and you have to be very sure of what you want. But, this isn’t all.
You need action!This is where you are tested to see if you are really about what you are saying.Do you really have the ability to stick to something that you say you will do? Or are you the type that will call it quits at the first sign of struggle? Will you stop at nothing to get where you want to go? Think about that for a second. So many people let their dreams die and live in regret because they gave up as soon as things got hard. You have to always be conscious that success is not a straight shot, it has ups and downs and it has a way of throwing you around a bit before it decides that you are ready for what you are asking for. Nothing will ever come easy, especially if you have been living in your comfort zone because that’s where you feel safe. Of course, there are those instances where someone may “catch a break” or get something easier/faster than you, but you must not compare yourself to them. If anything be happy for those individuals and keep your eyes on the prize!
So, what is your level of persistence currently like? Would you consider yourself the type of person that follows through or do you give up easily? I want you to think about that and consider the above when going about your day. Think about what setting intentions and habits can do to your life. If you feel like you just can’t seem to follow through with any of your goals and you feel frustrated, then I really want you to consider these few things and begin applying them:
Be clear on your desire (it can be anything that you want)
Think about and determine what it is that you will have to give in return to have what you want. Remember, you have to put in some work for this!
Set your intention and write it down somewhere where you can see it all of the time. You can
call this your plan. Be very clear and precise on what steps you will be taking. Break down big goals into smaller ones if you begin to feel overwhelmed.
If you continue to do this, it will become a long-term habit and it may just be one that you love! You will become a person that knows exactly what they want. You will constantly be practicing persistence. You will have strong willpower that will open doors to anything that you want and you won’t accept anything less.
Reminder: There will be no days off!
Maintain a steady hunger for success and never settle for less than what you deserve.