“Just Stick With It – Perseverance Is the Key” written by Mike Marko.
Are you struggling right now trying to achieve your goals?
Are you second guessing whether you should be doing this because you have tried and feel overwhelmed, or have come across one too many challenges?
I really understand what you are going through because I have felt the same way… many times. Heck I have felt that way several times over the past year. So I know what you are going through.
But that’s why perseverance is key to achieving your goals. You need to stick with it… and that’s what I want to talk about today.
Just Stick With It and Exercise Your Perseverance
In the following video I talk about the importance of perseverance, and really just to stick with it.
Just Stick With It
I was reading how if you want to really achieve a goal you need to learn the lesson of… a postage stamp. Yup, I said postage stamp.
You should approach all your worth while goals as if you were a postage stamp. The reason being is that the usefulness of a postage stamp is in its ability to stick to one thing until it gets to its destination.
Pretty cool analogy, right?
But it really gets to the foundation of how to achieve your goals.
Getting Over Challenges with Perseverance
If you think you have it tough, there are lots of historical examples of people who had it tougher yet were still able to persevere:
- Helen Keller the author was deaf and blind.
- Beethoven the composer was deaf.
- Albert Einstein the scientist had a learning disability.
- Ray Charles the musician was blind.
- Thomas Edison the inventor had a learning problem.
- Terry Fox the runner was an amputee with cancer.
- James Earl Jones the actor (who played the voice of Darth Vadar… cool fact I enjoy) was a stutterer.
- Stephen Hawking the physicist has Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt was paralyzed from polio.
- Vincent Van Gogh the artist was mentally ill.
- Itzhak Perlman the concert violinist was paralyzed from the waist down.
If you look at the man in 1860 who became the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, you would have placed money against him had you looked at everything he had to overcome:
- He failed in business in 1831.
- He was defeated for State Legislator in 1832.
- He tried another business in 1833… which also failed.
- His fiancée died in 1835.
- He had a nervous breakdown in 1836.
- In ’43 he ran for congress and was defeated.
- He tried again in 1848 and was defeated again.
- He tried running for the Senate in 1855 and lost.
- The next year he ran for Vice President and lost.
- In 1859 he ran for the Senate again and was defeated.
What About Your Challenges?
Think about your recent challenges. Take the time to compare those challenges against those listed above. Do you think your challenge is comparable?
Do you think that if you too learned to apply the principals of perseverance and stick with it that you too can overcome your challenges?
Below I have listed several things you can do to develop your own perseverance.
How to Develop Your Own Test Perseverance Traits
- Avoid the tendency to abandon tasks with faced with obstacles. Learn the lesson of the stamp (mentioned earlier). If you instead stick with it and approach your challenges with urgency and tenacity you move closer to success.
- Follow through with your tasks, even the small ones. In fact, it is a good exercise to list out your tasks in small actionable steps and then cross them off as you achieve them. Measure your progress.
- Avoid those tempting distractions. We’re all faced with them. Don’t start new projects and get distracted until you stick with the present goal at hand and get ‘er done.
- Find what is interesting in each task and dwell on that. Tony Robbins talks about focusing on the benefits of what you are doing instead of the perceived pain of doing work to help accomplish your goals.
- Visualize your goal as already being accomplished. If you can program your subconscious into believing that you have already accomplished your goal, you will find reasons to actually be successful as opposed to your subconscious trying to protect you from disappointment.
- Engage others to help you, and form a mastermind. Leverage the abilities of others to help you overcome challenges.
- Believe in yourself. I know this sounds cliche, but it’s really important. KNOW you can do it. If you have to, stare straight into a mirror, look into your eyes, and yell out to yourself how your goals are already accomplished. “I AM A $100,000 PER MONTH EARNER!!” was what I yelled out until it was accomplished.
Final Thoughts on Perseverance and Just Stick With It
Developing perseverance is essential to achieve any results and goals in life. Exercising the steps I talked about above will help you stick with it and achieve your goals.
See you on the highway to success!
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