To persevere is to continuously try to attain your goal. Goals are certainly something we all strive towards at one point or another. The fact remains that during the course of our lives, we often face large and small challenges; the best way that we can overcome challenges is with perseverance but let us look deeper into what entails perseverance. Perseverance is not a personality trait but it is a deliberate choice you make, to persist in your attempts to carry on, and to try and overcome the obstacles that come your way. That’s the good news as we all have the option to persevere; we are not born with the trait as a special way of achieving a goal. Your competitors do not have an advantage over you.
It is only by persevering that you would be in any position to attain your goal; after all, Rome was not built in a day and even though that saying may seem corny, it is still relevant. Here are a few tips to help you persevere in your efforts and to successfully attain your end goal.
- The easy way: Though there are any numbers of self-help books that paint the picture the road to success as an easy one, as with any ebook for sale be wary not to fall for a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. The road to success is never easy for 99% of people and will always be crammed full of obstacles. You may even at some point, start questioning yourself as to whether you are doing the right thing or not. Simply put, you need to put in the long hours, work the midnight candle to get a whiff of success. Billionaire, Elon Musk said:
“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”
- Comfort zone: You need to get out of your comfort zone if you are going to persevere in your efforts. True that most of us hate change but it is important that you get out of your TV zone; try new ideas and concepts and in time you should be able to achieve your dream.
- Goal setting: Goal setting is important and plays an essential role where perseverance is concerned. Let’s say that you want to overcome some of the obstacles in your way and you do that, then what? See why you need to have a firm goal in mind before you put in all the effort and time into overcoming the challenges that life may have in store for you. Moreover, setting a goal can help motivate you to try even harder and can act as an impetus, driving you towards the same.
- Negativity: You are only as good as you think you are and the first thing that you need to do in order to persevere in your dreams is to mute the negativity. however, Elon musk said one of the hardest and most important things is to self assess: to assess you are not wasting your time. All of us face negativity when we are starting out on a new venture – it could be a family member advising you to drop the cause or your friend telling you that you are making a mistake. If you believe in yourself, in your skills then you owe it to yourself by pushing on ahead. And as for the voice of negativity, you need to mute it but be intelligent; weigh up the cost of failure and success. If you fail will it mean your financial ruin or are you ignoring advice from experts? Concentrate on what lies ahead of you.
I will finish with another perseverance quote from space and Tesla entrepreneur, Elon Musk. I believe it is a perfect note to end on for all of us examining the merits of perseverance:
“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. [This] improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”