Do you have perseverance to follow something through to completion? Pushing forward when everything seems helpless and bound for failure. Perseverance, sometimes called grit, is the doggedness or persistence that is required in doing something despite extreme difficulty or challenges. It requires hard work, effort, stubbornness, and a “don’t quit” attitude to ensure success. It is what separates successful people from those who are mediocre or failures in life.
How to develop your sense of perseverance.
- Establish long term goals that are difficult to attain. Anything good that happens to you starts by setting goals. They need to be long term and very difficult to accomplish. It is good to start inspiring perseverance in our children at an early age. Let them experience failure, think their way through the failure, and try again. Overcoming minor setbacks will develop their tenacity for completing tasks.
- Have passion for your goals. Without passion, one will lack the fuel to continue through difficult times. The more passionate we are about our goals, the more we will push to accomplish them.
- Strive to live a life of constant improvement. Fill your mind with positive vibes. Read self improvement books on a regular basis to keep yourself encouraged and thinking about success.
- Turn negative experiences into learning opportunities. Learn from your mistakes so you don’t make the same mistake twice. Treat all failures as a learning experience.
- Study individuals who have overcome adversity to succeed in life. There is no such thing as an instant success. Most people have experienced multiple failures before they finally succeed.
People who have overcome adversity.
- J.K. Rowling – The author of the Harry Potter series of books was a single parent going through a divorce while being supported by government benefits. When she wrote the first Harry Potter book, it was turned down by 12 different publishers before she found one to publish the book. Today, she is very successful with a brand that is worth in the upwards of $15 billion.
- Michael Jordan – Arguably the greatest basketball player to ever play the game, Michael Jordan experienced failure at a young age. He was cut from his high school basketball team his sophomore year for just not being good enough. As we all know he persevered and became one of the greatest of all time.
- Jamaican bobsled team – Jamaica had never fielded a team in any event in the winter Olympics until 1988. A man named George Fitch had a vision to create a team for the Calgary Olympics. He thought that since Jamaica possessed great athletes that they would be successful in any sport. With limited funding and limited knowledge, he took the Jamaican bobsled team to the winter Olympics. They managed to beat out 10 teams in the 2 man bobsled event which in turn encouraged them to enter the 4 man competition. Although they didn’t own a 4 man sled or had any members with 4 man experience, they persevered and were able to enter the competition. The team crashed on their third run but were an instant hit with the fans. Although they failed in the competition, they became an example of determination for fans across the globe.
Perseverance is an important trait to possess to achieve success. The ability to overcome obstacles at all odds through extreme effort and persistence is life changing. The greater the obstacle, the more satisfied you be when you overcome it. As Winston Churchill once said, “never, never, never give up.”