We previously dove into the concept of fulfilling our lifetime goals and passions by pairing our childlike imaginations with the burning desire to not accept defeat.
We discussed that defeat is only temporary and that most of the time what we’re seeking is only a couple of steps away from obtaining.
But what happens when you’re faced with insurmountable adversity and setback after setback?
How do you muster the willpower and drive that’s vital to rising from the ashes and taking what’s yours?
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Persistence.
My long term business partner always tells me that I taught him what it means to be persistent. And while back then it might’ve been more of him simply noticing me constantly annoying the crap out of people to get what I want, I’ve discovered over the years that persistency may very well be the greatest asset that I have and will ever possess.
According to Google, by definition the word “persistent” means:
-continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
-continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period.
In addition to awareness, persistency is another human superpower. It’s absolutely undeniable when it comes to the potential and ability that one has if they bleed persistence.
Take Michael Jordan for example. During his sophomore year in high school he tried out for the varsity team, yet he didn’t make the cut.
Or Sylvester Stallone. Before he created Rocky, his scripts were rejected hundreds of times, failing to sell any of his screenplays he’d written.
Or what about the everyday man or woman (that you don’t know or ever hear about) who remain relentless despite all of the ups and downs in life and continue to pursue their dreams and undoubtedly come out on top?
Had either of the two guys mentioned above or the millions of other extremely successful individuals (who have made an enormous impact for infinite amounts of others) lacked the persistency needed to keep pushing forward, we’d never get the opportunity to see them demonstrate their greatness and learn from their downfalls.
If you can rediscover and reignite (or newly discover and ignite) your deepest burning desire within and combine it with the indisputable power of persistence, there is nothing that can prevent you from achieving your lifelong visions.
By persistently feeding yourself positive thoughts and desires that you want to come true, you are tapping into and influencing the subconscious mind, which has the power to help turn your aspirations into physical form.
As the great Napoleon Hill once said, “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.”
So F the BS.
Take fear and failure head on. Don’t allow criticism or the idea of criticism to outweigh your desire for success.
Stop thinking and start doing.
We like to believe that our thoughts are always right, but they’re not.
Make it your objective right now to plant the seed of persistency within your mind and carefully watch it as it begins to germinate and flourish.
By continuing to push forward and not allow anything to get in your way of what you seek, you’re literally winning the battle as you go.
And just try to remember… it’s all about the journey, not the destination.
“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure” – Aisha Tyler