“Never give up, because it is precisely at that place and time that the tide will be reversed.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
How many times have you made New Year Eve resolutions? How many times have you given up on a goal, a dream or a desire? The key to success is persistence. We are now at step number 8 in the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
We often give up just when success is about to happen. Why is it that persistence is so important? It is only with persistence that we can face the problems, the pitfalls and our own blockages that will occur on our journey to success.
According to Mr. Hill, to practice persistence it must based on the 8 following factors:
- Definiteness of purpose
- Definiteness of plans
- Accurate knowledge
- Will power
Persistence is a direct result of habit.
Our limiting beliefs and blockages prevent us from succeeding. Specifically, the fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively overcome by the constant repetition of acts of courage. It is best to do a small action every day, like working out a muscle, than to do nothing, to feel defeated and to give up.
According to Sharon Lechter (author of a new version of the book for women) and Napoleon Hill, these are the symptoms of lack of persistence:
- Failure to have a clearly defined objective
- Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge
- Relying on alibis instead of creating definite plans
- Self satisfaction
- Blaming others
- Lack of desire which equals lack of motivation
- Quickness to quit when things get hard
- Lack of organized plans
- Inability to grasp opportunities
- Wishing and daydreaming instead of taking actions
- Lack of ambition
- Taking short cut and hoping they will work because you don’t want to put in the hard work
- Fear of criticism
Get out of your mental inertia by moving slowly at first, then by increasing your speed until you completely control your will.
If you were called pig headed, stubborn or obstinate when you were young, well congratulations, are you are a persistent person.
Have fun, and remember: it’s the journey that counts.