Persistence Works – Rinse and Repeat

When you have a clear idea of your goals, practice persistence and determination, by repeating required actions until you accomplish your objective.

This old quote from the 30th president of the United States bears repeating:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” —Calvin Coolidge

No one is suggesting that things will be easy or that you won’t have doubts or face obstacles. It is usually a struggle for everyone to manage negative self-talk and limiting thoughts. However, with conscious effort and focus on performing the required actions to move forward towards the desired results, change will happen. To create a new habit or mindset takes practice and time.

It helps to write down your goals. Keep track of your efforts to discover what works or needs to be changed, and acknowledge your progress. Of course, you will be anxious to get your goals done, but consider breaking your goals into action steps or phases. Establishing short-term and long-term goals is an effective approach.

When you are setting a goal, consider making it a “smart” goal. Use this acronym to remember it:

Specific – (know exactly what you are trying to achieve)
Measurable – (recognize when you attain your results)
Action-oriented – (define the steps you need to take to pursue your goal)
Realistic – (determine that the goal is achievable)
Time-bound – (set a deadline)

Follow your plan and persist by doing what works – rinse and repeat. Do you have a story to share about how persistence worked for you? Post it in the comments section.

Brenda Goburn Smith