No matter how talented people are, there is no success without perseverance.
Perseverance is not an issue of talent. It’s not an issue of
time. It’s about finishing. Talent provides hope for accomplishment, but
perseverance guarantees it.
Today, I want to give you four statements about perseverance
that I’ve found to be true and ask you four questions that test your capacity
for perseverance. I hope you’ll find each one helpful.
1. Perseverance means succeeding because you are determined to, not destined to.
Vince Lombardi said, “The difference between a successful
person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather
a lack of determination.”
The greatest achievers don’t sit back and wait for success
because they think they deserve it; they keep moving forward and persevering
because they are determined to achieve it.
In which area of your
life do you display the greatest amount of determination?
2. Perseverance recognizes life is not a long race, but many short ones in succession.
Have you ever heard the saying Life is a marathon? I’m sure the person who coined this phrase was trying
to encourage people to keep going when things get tough. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite get it right. Life is actually
a long series of shorter races, one after another.
Rush Limbaugh observed, “In life or in football, touchdowns
rarely take place in seventy yard increments. Usually it’s three yards and a
cloud of dust.”
To be successful, you just need to keep plugging away.
When it comes to your
current “race,”what is your motivation for finishing?
3. Perseverance has a compounding effect on life.
Author Napoleon Hill says, “Every successful person finds
that great success lies just beyond the point when they’re convinced their idea
is not going to work.”
How do you get beyond that point? How do you go beyond what
you believe is your limit? How do you achieve lasting success? Here’s how: do
the right thing, day after day.
are no shortcuts to anything worthwhile.
Repetitive action not only makes you better, it also makes
it easier to begin again tomorrow.
What should you be doing,
day after day, that will have the greatest impact on your future success?
4. Perseverance means stopping not because you’re tired but because the task is done.
I love this quote from Robert Strauss, “Success is a little
like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired—you quit when the
gorilla is tired.”
If you think about it, perseverance doesn’t really come into
play until you are tired. Work is fun when you’re fresh and energetic. But when
you are tired, you need perseverance.
To successful people, fatigue and discouragement are not
signs to quit. They actually perceive them as signals to draw from their
reserves and keep going!
How do you build up
Here is my favorite six-word formula for success: Think things through, then follow through.
Perseverance is in the follow through! If you want to be successful, you have to be determined to persevere.
John Maxwell Leadership Podcast