Persistence compensates for a multitude of shortcomings. If you hang on long enough, you figure things out. In studying the lives of so many exceptional individuals, this is the one common quality they all possess. There are many pathways to success; there is room for uniqueness and individuality. But nothing is more essential to success than sheer determination.
No matter how you get there, you have to hang on long enough to arrive at your destination. Everyone starts out with enthusiasm and excitement. But eventually the 'dog days' come. There is no glamour or recognition. Much of the work is done in isolation and in the wee hours. This is where those whose motivation is not purely from passion and purpose fall away.
Lay the right foundation first
I've written so many times about the importance of laying the right foundation and acquiring the necessary mindset prior to pursuing your dreams. It is hard and demanding, but anything that meaningful will come with a price. It is the hero's and heroine's journey. You will not be able to bear the HOW's without a compelling WHY.
What allows me to survive the times when motivation and inspiration decrease and wane is habits. These become automatic and are not dependent on how I feel. One of these is a daily practice of prioritizing my focus. Perhaps, this more than anything else expedites the journey. I am willing to keep going, but I don't want the road to success to take longer than it needs to.
Evaluate, adjust, but don't stop
Returning to persistence, just keep going. Evaluate, adjust, but don't stop. All of the clients I have worked with who have reached all their goals have this one common characteristic: they don't quit. If you are struggling to find the motivation or strength today, hang in there. Don't' stop until you reach your destination. If you just keep going, you will get there. Along the way, you will figure it out and acquire the necessary skills needed to succeed.
If you have to focus on one thing, stay persistent. No matter how slow you may be going, your getting there faster than the majority of those who are doing nothing. Don't compare yourself to others, learn from them. You have a gift and a mission. Stay your course. Fill your mind with positivity and associate with those who believe and encourage you. Count me among those on that list.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.