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About Persistence.

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Author James N. Watkins said, “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”

"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." ------ the ubiquitous quote by Calvin Coolidge 30th president of the United States aptly sums up the quality of persistence.

Patience and persistence are good friends, Do the right thing. Repeat. Your character will get you through the hard places.

How can one develop the quality of persistence?

Developing the quality of persistence requires conscious effort and a commitment to personal growth. Here are some strategies to cultivate and strengthen persistence:

  1. Set Clear Goals: Clearly define your short-term and long-term goals. Make them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART goals). Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve provides motivation and direction.

  2. Create an Action Plan: Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps. Develop a detailed action plan that outlines the tasks and milestones required to reach your objectives. This helps you stay focused and enables you to track your progress.

  3. Cultivate a Growth Mindset: Embrace a mindset that views challenges and setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth. Instead of being discouraged by failures, see them as valuable feedback and stepping stones toward success. Adopt a positive and optimistic attitude that fuels your persistence.

  4. Stay Committed: Make a commitment to yourself and your goals. Remind yourself of the reasons why you started and the importance of achieving what you set out to do. Develop discipline and hold yourself accountable for taking consistent action.

  5. Embrace Resilience: Cultivate resilience, the ability to bounce back from setbacks and adversity. Develop coping mechanisms to manage stress, setbacks, and obstacles. Learn from failures and use them as valuable lessons to adjust your approach and keep moving forward.

  6. Seek Support and Inspiration: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, mentors, or like-minded individuals who can provide guidance and encouragement. Engage in communities or groups related to your goals where you can share experiences and gain inspiration from others' journeys.

  7. Practice Patience: Understand that persistence often requires time and effort. Be patient with the process and avoid getting discouraged by immediate results. Stay focused on the long-term vision and maintain a steady pace towards your goals.

  8. Celebrate Milestones: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way. Recognizing progress and milestones reinforces your motivation and boosts your confidence, fueling further persistence.

Remember, developing persistence is a continuous process. It requires commitment, self-reflection, and the willingness to adapt. By incorporating these strategies into your life, you can strengthen your ability to persist in the face of challenges and ultimately achieve your desired outcomes.

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