How many unfinished projects are you sitting on right now? We often get distracted and have to put a project to the side in order to handle more pressing issues.
But at one point or another, we need to reevaluate and get back on track. We need to rediscover the burning desire we once had for these idle projects. Otherwise, it just sits there, incomplete, and we have failed. We can't be successful without the persistence to finish what we started.
When you want to accomplish something you are unfamiliar with, what do you do?
Method 1: Wing it. This is probably how lucky people live. If you aren't one of the lucky ones, skip to method 2.
Method 2: Research and application.
Example: Let's say you want to go fishing. Well, if you've never been fishing before and you want to actually catch something, you will need supplies; fishing rod and reel, bait, lures, etc.
In order to know which styles of all the supplies, you could look on the internet, talk to people who actually do fish, or even talk to the salespeople at your local sporting goods store. Then you apply what you've learned.
Success doesn't come cheap. It takes patience, endurance, confidence, planning, strategizing andů you guessed it, persistence. The following list describes the foundation for developing and maintaining persistence so you can accomplish virtually anything.
Super-size Your Why
Know your reason for wanting success. You have to have a why, and it better be big, especially if your desire is complex. Remind yourself often why you started along this path.
Far too often we convince ourselves along the way that it's not that important and we don't have to reach our goals simply because quitting now means no failure later.
Quitting is sometimes worse than failing. Not always. You can get back up from failure and try again, but if you quit, that's the end. Make sure your why is important enough to keep you from quitting.
"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learn from the Successful Ones
No matter the goal, business or personal, look to the people who have done it before you. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Do a little research and check out their strategies which led them down the road to success.
Block Out All Negativity
Sometimes our friends and family are the most discouraging bunch. There will always be a million reasons why something won't work; be the reason it will. Avoid those with a negative view of your goals.
Expect a Challenge
Don't go into this half-cocked thinking it's going to be a breeze. You are probably going to struggle. You are probably even going to make more mistakes than you can count on both hands. If you have the mindset that you are ready for a challenge, it makes the bumps less tragic. What's more, you are less likely to throw in the towel when you are prepared for a battle.
Build a Network
Networking with others in the same field, people with like minds will help keep your confidence up. You'll likely learn a great deal from them and you can share your wisdom with them as well. A strong network is an invaluable resource for achieving great success.
Create Habits, Not Excuses
This is going to take some work, no doubt about it. Persistence is the direct result of habit. Avoid making excuses why you aren't able to work toward your goals. There will always be distractions. Work on achieving your goals routinely. Creating this habit will train the brain to stay focused.
Want to learn to how to knit? Be persistent.
Want to start a new business and quit the 9-to-5 gig? Be persistent.
The timeframe will obviously vary, but if your why is BIG, you hone-in on being persistent; you can do it!