by Randy McLean
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
“When I first discovered this quote it quickly became one of my favorites because it gave me additional hope. If you lack certain skills or traits you can often make up for it with sheer determination and hard work. This week I want to share some practical tips with you about persistence.
1. Stop Looking for Shortcuts: Hard work is something that is sorely lacking in today’s society. A great majority of people are often looking for the easy way out. Sometimes looking for the easy way can waste more time than doing something right to begin with.
Let’s use weight loss as an example. Someone looking to lose weight quickly will often resort to starving themselves on some sort of crash diet. These types of diets give the illusion of instant results but a closer look will often reveal otherwise. Fast forward a couple of months and the frustrated dieter is right back where they started… If they would have done things properly the first time they would have already started building the momentum they need to accomplish their goal.
2. Don’t Give Up So Easily: We also live in an age of instant gratification. If a web page doesn’t load in a matter of seconds we often click the back button on our browser. The scary part is that we could be missing out on some valuable information just because of a lack of patience. Then you have fast food. We expect our meals almost instantly and we are accustomed to getting everything now. Carrying this attitude over to goal setting is a recipe for disaster.
If you look at my bio page you will notice that I have experimented with internet marketing. Making money online takes a lot of dedication, patience, and trial and error. A few get lucky but that is the exception rather than the norm. I have often read on forums and have even dealt with people myself that gave up way too quickly. If they are not making money within 24 hours they cry “scam!” and move on to the next big thing.
3. You Must Believe You Can Do It: Believing you can do something is what will really keep you moving forward. If you don’t believe you can do something you will be much less likely to try and your results will be diminished. However, when you picture yourself accomplishing the goal you are trying to achieve you will become unstoppable. This will then create results which then builds more and more momentum like a giant snowball rolling down a hill.
4. Lose the Fear of Failing: Pride is a powerful thing. It can be easy to worry about what others will think if you don’t succeed at what you are trying to do. It is better to try and fail at something than it is to not try at all. Yes it takes courage but that is what will separate you from the rest of the pack. Many often fail to progress because they are too comfortable. It usually takes some sort of calamity to give us the kick in the pants we need.
And if you don’t succeed so what! At least you tried and most importantly you can learn why you didn’t succeed. You can then try again. That is what persistence is all about! So the next time you feel like quitting ask yourself how bad you really want to accomplish your goal. If your reason why is strong enough the “how” will become less important.”