There is a lot to say about having a positive attitude, but it doesnâ€™t really give you a vision of action. The idea of being positive is all smiles and happy faces. But to truly succeed â€“ in what ever you want to do â€“ there has to be action.
This is where persistence comes into place. Persistence is the key to get through the rejections, rewrite requests or negative reactions from family, friends or even complete strangers. It is the thing that makes you go on even when you donâ€™t feel like you have anything left in you to take you in that direction.
I was raised with a tendency for persistence. It was encouraged in my by my parents, by my grandparents and even my crazy (but wonderful) uncle. Never give up â€“ never, never, never.
Even with this attitude of pushing on, I still find myself willing to fall into the trap of complacency. When I pick up a nice, new paying gig or get a few compliments, I settle into that â€œfameâ€ for a little while. It often takes something major to get me going forward once again.
I need to work on making my persistence â€“ more persistent in my life.
1. Find some other friends, writers or ordinary people that are persistent and become accountable to them.
2. Print out my favorite persistence saying and put it where I can use it for inspiration.
3. Make a plan for my day that is actually attainable (instead of a list that has 27 hours worth of tasks).
4. Enjoy my moments, but look for the next moment and expect it to be bigger.
It is time to get things going again and this time I intend to keep them going.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotentâ€
– Calvin Coolidge