We’ve talked about many strengths we can develop that build on top of each other, allowing us to create the life we’ve imagined. Are you beginning to see how each of these characteristics relate to each other?
We know how important it is that we have faith in ourselves and our ability to overcome any obstacle, accomplish any goal. One success tool that goes hand in hand with faith is…persistence.
Imagine that you decide to start a new habit for your evening routine. From now on, your plan is to turn off electronics at a certain time, have a bath and lie down for a few minutes of quiet time. These are all excellent ideas and will definitely lead to more and better sleep than you may have had in years! But not right away. Right away, you may feel disconnected from your life when your cell phone is off. You may feel bored without television.
The key is to persist in taking the actions you have set for yourself, stay focused and not give up. Over time, you’ll see changes in your sleeping habits and an actual desire to turn off electronics at bedtime.
We know that consistently affirming your goals and beliefs can increase your faith in these goals, just like faith can help us to be persistent. The same pattern works in achieving what you want and making positive changes, but your desire must be strong enough to motivate persistence.
Even if we know our goals will take time, we may find it very hard to stick with it and keep pushing forward when we’re feeling the power of our emotions. The great thing is that persistence is a trait, which means that it can be developed and strengthened!
What is the first step to making any change in your life?
We’ve really got to want to make that change before we will take any action toward achieving our goals. That same desire is the foundation of persistence. If you are unsure that you want something with absolute 100% clarity, how likely are you to do whatever it takes to make it happen?
If you find that you aren’t as determined with a certain goal as you’d like to be, return to the beginning, your desire, and rekindle the fire that first motivated you. As Napoleon Hill puts it, “Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” If you want to make big changes in your life, take big steps toward happiness, you must be fiercely persistent, no matter what gets in your way.
Think about your most important goals in the coming year ahead. How badly do you want to achieve those goals? Are you willing to keep walking that path, and seeing them through to fruition?
I would love to hear your goals for the upcoming year and how dedicated you are to seeing that these come true. Share in the comments below!
Much love and gratitude,
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