Persistence: one of the greatest attributes of those who become successful and go far in life. It’s timely for me, because of tendinitis issues I’ve had in my foot, ankle, and lower leg (I really did a number on myself a few weeks ago). It’s persistence to a fault regarding some things, but not giving up is a strength.
We’ve all heard the stories of Thomas Edison failing time after time creating the light bulb. But did he really fail? No. He used his persistence until he got the bulb to work. If we really want to make something happen, we have to try, try, and try again.
We never know when we’ll really hit success. The “overnight success” story actually takes years. We only hear about the people after they’ve made it. We don’t hear about all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making the success a reality. The best new artist winning a Grammy, probably has spent years getting to that point. They just won after they became mainstream and famous.
Persistence may be from too stubborn and stupid to not know any better. It could be we have envisioned an end result that we know we can achieve, if we put in the work. It’s about convincing ourselves that something is possible and making it happen is the definiteness of purpose behinds our actions. We achieve greatness when we have decided what we want to do and take action to make it happen.
Highly ambitious people are some of the most stubborn people, because they know they can make it happen. They have the confidence, drive, and passion to make their plans into realities. They’ve yielded these attributes and molded them into something powerful. They have created habits of achievement, productivity, and success. Everything they do becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because they have created an image of what they want.
If there’s a will, there’s a way. That’s the mindset of persistence. Once we’ve decided what we want to do we can pin-point how we want to achieve it from our persistence. Persistence is nothing more than refusing to give up.