When it comes to being successful at anything, persistence trumps money, talent, genius, and education.
In his classic,Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill points out that persistence is a state of mind, and like all states of mind, it can be cultivated.
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- Define it. Knowing exactly what you want is the most important step toward getting it.
- Make sure you want it. The more intense the desire the more likely you’ll persist. It’s the difference between getting what you want and being satisfied with whatever comes your way.Make accurate plans for it. Do your homework. Don’t guess. Use experience, observation, education, and any other resources available. Achieving a big goal requires the completion of many smaller goals, which is why accurate planning comes in handy.
- Write it down. Things get clearer when you commit them to paper. Writing helps lift doubts and delusions; when you’re ready to do that, start writing.
- Believe it. Your ability to overcome self doubt depends on your ability to defeat it. The most immediate solution is, every time feelings of insecurity creep in, remind yourself of your goal and your desire to reach it. This gets easier the more you practice it.
- Create momentum. Do something to advance your goal every day. On good days, this is easy. But it’s especially important when you feel like you’re overwhelmed or underwater.
- Have an inspiration for it. Find success stories about others who have done what you want to do. Read books, blogs, and magazines that will keep you engaged in reaching your goal.
- Stick with it. Consistency creates persistence.