“No man ever achieved worthwhile success who did not, at one time or another, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” ~ Napoleon Hill
According to Brian Tracy, there are nine disciplines you can develop that will improve every area of your life. We have learned that every exercise of self-discipline strengthens every other discipline at the same time, just as every weakness in self-discipline weakens you in other disciplines as well.
Today, my articles on self-discipline continue as we focus on the Discipline Of Persistence.
Definition of PERSISTENCE: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. The continued or prolonged existence of something.
The Value Of Persistence
Long term, consistent success in any endeavor requires persistence. With enough persistence, anything is possible. You will find it to be a quality that is more important to your overall success than skill or knowledge or the right connections. The ability to persist is the ability to win.
Persistence is a discipline that is available to anyone. If you have that burning desire within you, it can’t be taken away.
Forget about past failures, your ability to persist is available to you whenever you choose to exercise that discipline and for the duration that you choose to benefit from it.
Sadly, even though the power of persistence is available to anyone, far too few people fully utilize what they have at their disposal.
Those who do, separate themselves from the pack and achieve their goals and dreams.
But, be advised… Persistence takes effort, just like anything of true value. Persistence requires intention, focus and commitment. It is not easy, but will be well worth your effort.
Thomas Edison claimed to have failed over 10,000 times while trying to invent electricity. How was he able to stay so committed to achieving his desired goal after so much failure? His legacy as one of the greatest inventors of all time depended on him inventing electricity.
Edison believed that every failure he experienced was just bringing him closer to finding the solution to his problem. How many people would have quit when facing the same obstacles?
The Lesson Learned
If you desire to become more persistent, you must first truly understand the absolute value of your Persistence. It is not enough to just read about it, but you must learn from real life experience. You must develop the discipline of persistence and utilize it if you genuinely want to understand the value and reap the benefits.
** The inspiring story of the Bamboo tree is much like Life itself – you have to have faith, belief and PERSISTENCE. In becoming a successful entrepreneur, growing company, or even growing as a person, remember to always be watering your tree, planting roots, and building your foundation… With persistence, rewards will follow! Never give up!
Now, let’s hear from Brian Tracy and how he describes this Principle…
The Discipline of Persistence:
- The greatest test of self-discipline is when you persist in the face of adversity, and you drive yourself forward to complete your tasks 100%, no matter how you feel.
- Your persistence is the measure of your belief in yourself, and in what you are doing.
- The more you believe in the goodness and rightness of what you are doing, the more you will persist.
- The more you persist, the more you will tend to believe in yourself and what you are doing. The principles are reversible!
- Persistence is actually self-discipline in action.
- Self-discipline leads to self-esteem, a greater sense of personal power, which leads to greater persistence, which leads to even greater self-discipline in an upward spiral.
- “Persistence is to the character of man or woman as carbon is to steel.” (Napoleon Hill)
- You actually make yourself into a better, stronger person by persisting when you feel like quitting.
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To your success,
Network Marketing Coach
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