PERSISTENCE IS HALF OF SUCCESS
If you don’t ever shoot the puck, you’re never going to score! Sure if you do shoot, you might miss, but if you don’t take a shot then you will for sure never score.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
– Wayne Gretzky
Persistence is one of the main determinants of success. In fact, I feel persistence is so important that it is half of Success.
If you have something that you want to achieve, you have set yourself a goal and know the direction that you need to go to get there, then it’s time to start buckling down and working.
Consistency is key. Just being able to get up every morning and go a little further down the path, put in some solid hours of productive work, that is half of what it takes to achieve anything.
Just getting out there, consistently, is half the battle, if you can do that, you’ll get somewhere. I guarantee it.
Of course, there are many other factors to consider about what is the best or most efficient way of achieving your goal.
These factors could include:
- what strategies you employ
- who you connect yourself with
- whether or not you have fully defined and know your goal
- what training you seek out to help you along the way
But before you start thinking at all about how you could improve your chances of success; first you just have to get out there!
If you aren’t actually taking any concrete actions, then you will never go anywhere. So the first order of business, once you have a goal in mind is to start immediately! Just get out there! Build a mindset of taking swift action.
SUCCESS WILL ONLY COME TO THOSE WHO CONSISTENTLY TAKE ACTION
Ask yourself: “Have I taken any concrete steps to try to achieve my goal?”
If the answer is no, then start now. As they say: “There’s no time like the present”. If you have a goal that you have been thinking about for a while but haven’t started doing anything about, go start now! And keep at it, don’t let yourself get discouraged or fall off the path.
If you can just keep on getting out into the world and striving to achieve something, you are basically guaranteed to get some of the way to your goals. Your ability to stay committed and keep going will be an invaluable asset.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SETBACKS
The biggest challenge that you will face in this regard are setbacks and failures. How you react to them will determine whether you succeed. Will you give up? Or will you keep going?
It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how quickly you can get back up. No matter what you are trying to achieve, you will run into setbacks and failures along the way.
How quickly can you get back up from your failures? Do they affect you for a short time or a long time? I’ve met both types of people, and you can bet which ones are the ones creating success in their lives. Start cultivating the mindset and ability to get right to the point when an issue arises.
Address it, implement a new strategy and move on. It’s quite inspiring when you find a person in your life with this ability, a person who almost instantaneously takes in failure, processes it to conclusion and then moves on. You snap your fingers and they’ve already moved on. It’s amazing! Look for people like this in your life and pay attention to what they do, and work on it yourself;
It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how quickly you can get back up. Fail more, learn the lessons, keep improving yourself. Persistence is half of success!
I want all of you to start doing this in your lives today, if you haven’t already. Start today. Start working on your goals consistently every week, don’t let yourself fall of the path, don’t give yourself excuses. And when setbacks come along, which they will; get back on track as quickly as possible.