Nothing can take the place of persistence. Not talent, how often have we witnessed an unsuccessful man with talent. Not education, you can always find an educated failure. Persistence and determination are preeminent.
It appears that many people have a “can’t do” attitude. You will need to develop and maintain a “can-do” attitude if you want to guarantee success. If you have the opportunity to observe successful people you will discover that they have cultivated the habits of dedication and endurance when confronted with apparent failure. No matter how many times they experience set backs or are told they can not accomplish something they persist toward their goals and they inevitably achieve them.
Most people surrender to easily to perceived failure when often just a little more endurance is all that is required to turn apparent failure to success. The word “persist” means “to refuse to give up.” When you are discouraged and unable to see any good, repeat this affirmation “I refuse to give up. I will remain committed and continue tirelessly until my good appears.”
Failure can be a introduction to success
Failure is often success trying to be come forth in a more substantial way and persistence is the route to that greater result. I recently went through a period of working over 80 hours a week for a couple of weeks in a row. At the end of this time period I had earned a minimal amount of money. I was exhausted and wondered if all of my efforts where worth continuing. I was disheartened and felt like a failure. Later as I began to evolve and increase my use of the principal of persistence I realized that I was not thinking large enough. I needed to develop new ideas that would bring about a greater return. I began to establish and maintain the attitude “I refuse to give up. I will continue diligently and patiently until the good appears in this experience.” I would repeat this to myself, out-loud, until I began to believe it and achieve it.
Do not take NO for an answer
After you have conceived of any idea, done your research and know that it is sound, you should persist in your conviction. The timid seldom attain great fulfillment. Persist in your inner preparations. Your internal thoughts control your outer situations. When you have developed the right attitude your outer world of results must conform to it, as indicated by the principal of mind-action. If No is an option that you are presented with then you can declare, “It is my destiny to succeed and the universe’s (or God’s) business to help me. I claim this divine help now.”
5 Steps to Being Persistent
- Science has discovered that everything can be reduced to a few elements. In like manner, you can expand or rebuild your situation from a single right attitude, to which you persistently hold on to. By refusing to give to failure, failure will finally worn out by your commitment and gives up to success.
- Do not use gentle methods for hard conditions. You will only make a little progress when you try to solve difficult problems in a half-hearted manner. Meet hard problems by diligently and persistently refusing to give up. For example, if you have ever had the breath knocked out of you, you found that the process of normal breathing was not sufficient. Persevere until you get a second wind mentally, emotionally and physically. Often you will realize reserves of strength you did not realize you had.
- Revise your success plans. When despair says, “It can’t be done, you will never make it,” this is the time to review, revise and re-write your plans. Imagine and re-imagine your expected results. Use your affirmations. Think larger. Look for inspiration in the Bible or whatever source gives you positive guidance.
- Remind yourself of the times that you have succeeded in the past. Remind yourself of other people who have succeeded under adverse conditions, such as being blind, deaf, paralyzed and so on. Tell yourself that you can not be defeated if you refuse to give up.
- Do not look back — keep looking forward. A negative experience indicates a loss battle not that you have lost the war. If you have a set back meet it as best you can and keep going. Keep your vision on your goal and begin again to move towards it. Divide your task(s) into smaller components, accomplishing little things can give you a successful feeling.
Finally, be prepared if success comes suddenly. Often after a long haul success has a way of coming in a hurry. Be ready for fast, exciting, success-filled results. Be alert and ready to accept it. Have your plan(s) ready so that you will know what to do when it comes.