Ok, let’s talk about persistence.
For starters, how many old sayings, aphorisms and clichés are there about persistence?
Here are just a few:
- The early bird gets the worm.
- Slow and steady wins the race.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
- When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
The list goes on and on.
Why are there so many old sayings about persistence?
First, it’s a really important element to success, and second, it’s an element of success that gives a lot of people a lot of trouble.
Something as important and troublesome as persistence deserves a lot of clichéd sayings, and a lot of attention.
The problem with the road to success, for many people, is they only picture the destination, not the journey. When they do this, they not only fail to see that true success is nota destination (it’s a lifelong process), but they also fail to see the potential problems that routinely occur when striving for success.
Because of that, when problems occur, and obstacles arise, the unprepared person is stopped dead in their tracks. In their confusion, they forget where they were going, and why, and instead head back to where they came from.
When you are prepared for, and anticipate, the setbacks that can (and will) happen on the journey to success, then (and only then) are you ready to repair, rethink and reengage.
The persistent person understands failure is a temporary condition that affects everyone at one time or another. They also understand that failures and setbacks teach powerful lessons – lessons that ultimately make them stronger.
Strength does not come through winning – it comes through failure, and is the strongest when it cones through repeated failures. When you struggle, and decide not to quit, that is strength. It is also persistence.
Every successful business owner understands that setbacks are opportunities in disguise.
If you are struggling with persistence issues, or with setbacks and failures, and want help turning them into positives, and using them to create future success, feel free to reach out to me.
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