How To Be Successful In Life – The Magic of Persistence
Persistence is All the Motivation You Need
Have you ever wondered why it is that some people seem to have all the luck? They appear to get whatever they want. Rewards just flood them. You see it and you want to be just like that. Well, you can, but you need to develop persistence. Persistence is what keeps you achieving and achieving keeps you motivated. It’s not difficult, but to begin with you will need to work at it a little.
Motivation starts with an idea, a hope. It stems from something you really wanted to achieve. That carries you along for a while, while it’s all new and fresh and exciting. But motivation gets knocked and is hard to maintain when things don’t seem to be going well or you come up against obstacles.
That’s where persistence becomes best friend to your motivation.
What Is Persistence?
Persistence is the ability to carry on towards your goals even when things go wrong or take longer than you wanted them to. With persistence, you keep going and striving for what you want even when you feel like giving up.
When you work on any big goal, your motivation will have good days and bad days. It will be affected by your mood, people around you, how well things are going towards your aim etc. Sometimes you’ll feel motivated; sometimes you won’t. But it’s not your motivation that will produce results — it’s your actions.
Making the effort and achieving even one small thing towards your aim e.g. refusing the cream cake at dinner – will have you feeling positive about yourself. You’ll know that you can achieve your aim now, because you just proved it to yourself – on a bad day, you can still take a positive action towards achieving your goal.
Ok – so how does persistence improve your motivation?
Persistence isn’t magic; it’s simply that thing that allows you to keep taking action even when you don’t feel motivated to do so,. With persistence you keep getting things done – and therefore you keep on achieving results. All you need is one small step forward, one little positive result and your motivation will return again because you will be believe once more that you *can* be successful.
For example, you may become a lot more enthusiastic about dieting and exercising once you’ve lost those first 10 pounds and feel your clothes fitting more loosely. Refusing that cream cake was a significant step towards achieving that goal.
So that’s why persistence is all the motivation you need. Force yourself to make one step in the right direction towards achieving what you want to achieve and you will see some benefits. Your goals will suddenly look a whole lot more achievable. You’ll remember why you wanted to achieve that goal in the first place and you’ll see that it’s worth a bit of hard work to get it. Soon you’ll have achieved something you know will help make your ambition a reality. Therefore persistence will ultimately provide its own motivation. If you simply keep taking action, you’ll eventually get results, and results can be very motivating.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind