How to develop persistence 

Oct 07, 2019

How do you develop persistence and why is it important?  In this blog, I will give you an 8-step process used by some of the most influential people throughout history to develop persistence.  

“...we all know, if one does not possess PERSISTENCE, one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling.”– Napoleon Hill 

If you are like most people you recognize that you will not achieve anything of consequence without developing your ability to persist through challenging circumstances.  This is not only common knowledge; it is also backed by research.  

Persistence:  You may have heard of the “10,000-hour rule” that was made popular by Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers.”  The idea is that if you put 10,000 hours of practice into something you can become an expert. That would be an example of persistence!  Some in the scientific community have debunked this idea, citing that even if someone practiced playing basketball for 10,000 hours it would not make them Michael Jordan and that there are other factors at play.  This is obviously true, and I would agree that it is important to get clear on what you need to be persistent in. I would recommend my free webinar, The Power of a Pre-made Decision to help identify your strengths.  However, the fact remains the same -- if you work at something over time you will get better and you will experience a breakthrough. 

Let’s jump into the 8 ways to develop persistence.  These are taken from Napoleon Hill’s classic book, “Think and Grow Rich.”  I will include the link for this book below. This is also an open source book so if you Google it you can get a .pdf of the book.  

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How to develop persistence based on Napoleon Hill’s research of the most successful people:

  1. DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. Knowing what one wants is the first and, perhaps, the most important step toward the development of persistence. A strong motive forces one to surmount many difficulties.    
  2. DESIRE. It is comparatively easy to acquire and to maintain persistence in pursuing the object of intense desire.    
  3. SELF-RELIANCE. Belief in one’s ability to carry out a plan encourages one to follow the plan through with persistence.  
  4. DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. Organized plans, even though they may be weak and entirely impractical, encourage persistence.    
  5. ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE. Knowing that one’s plans are sound, based upon experience or observation, encourages persistence: “guessing” instead of “knowing” destroys persistence.    
  6. COOPERATION. Sympathy, understanding, and harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop persistence.    
  7. WILLPOWER. The habit of concentrating one’s thoughts upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definite purpose leads to persistence.    
  8. HABIT. Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of courage. Everyone who has seen active service in war knows this.

Before leaving the subject of PERSISTENCE, take inventory of yourself, and determine in what particular way, if any, you are lacking in this essential quality. Measure yourself courageously, point by point, and see which of the eight factors of persistence you may lack. The analysis can lead to discoveries that will give you a new and better grip on yourself and your potential.   

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