“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 will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge
Obstacles are there to strengthen you and offer progressive measurement of your growing strength. Discouragement sets in when you misunderstand the purpose of struggles and obstacles. Dwelling on struggles, can cause you to question your goals and the faith to believe in yourself. This leads to self doubt. When you allow self doubt to creep in you become susceptible to the fear of criticism. Criticism will stop you from pursuing your ideas and dreams.
Persistence is a conscious decision. You can train yourself to be a persistent person.
Napoleon Hill gives eight factors that persistence is based upon:
- Definite purpose– know what you want.
- Self-reliance-the belief to carry out your plan
- Definite plans– written organized plan.
- Accurate knowledge– knowing your plan is sound.
- Cooperation– being with others who will help you develop persistence.
- Will power– concentrate your thoughts on obtaining your goals.
- Habit– persistence is a habit that can be consciously developed.
The dictionary defines persistent as: to continue firmly or obstinately. Persistence is a state of mind.
In the words of Thomas Edison, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. Reverses should be an incentive to great accomplishment. Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is just one more step forward. There are no rules here, we’re just trying to accomplish something.”
Believe in yourself. Believe in your goals. Stay focused. Never change your goal-just your plans, replace the plan if necessary, but not your goal.
Persistence must become a way of life if you want to succeed. By learning to overcome problems and barriers, you can become a tremendous person.