The Art of Positive Persistence
Things are not going to always go your way and sometimes you feel as though you have tried every option and just keep on hitting a brick wall – I can relate! The difference between success and failure, is whether you choose to persist*, not giving up on yourself and giving it your all!
SO, when going gets tough, you have to go outside of your comfort zone to search for solutions; which is a good thing! Because as soon as we open ourselves up to new experiences, we grow as individuals (for example, a new business owner may not know anything about marketing, but you may be forced to design an advert for your new business launch). By learning new skills, coming up with new solutions for future hurdles will be easier, than if you just admitted defeat and paid someone else to do the work for you.
Now, please do not limit your thoughts of this article to ONLY your business life, because perseverance is a mental choice that effects your whole life. Whether you are new in a job/position, business owner or a person stuck in an abusive relationship; it is perseverance which will help you to get through your hurdle with a positive outcome.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! —Audrey Hepburn
Quitting, defeat, Impossible and Give-Up are not words that I take lightly, because there is always a way! AND no/can’t are not acceptable excuses. When you are feeling broken, beat and bruised; exhausted in your voyage to discover a solution to your problem, try these few suggestions:
Take a Break
Sometimes all is required is a 10 minute break from your problem; to give your brain enough time to process and clarify the solution. Sometimes we get so focused on all the negativity of the problem that we fail to push ourselves to find a solution and instead just give up – If only you knew
that if you had just given your brain a chance – you would have resolved the problem!
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll
Sit back and evaluation your situation. Write down everything you have tried and seek further solutions. Try researching stories on how other people overcame the same type of problems; and let’s face it, chances are that you are not the first person to experience this problem and it will be motivating to see that others have overcome their hurdles.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. —Les Brown
Banish Negative Words
Nothing destroys optimism faster than negative words. This doesn’t mean that you need to escape from reality and live in an imaginary world where the odd negative word intrudes, but just that you will need to look at it from a different angle.
Change your thoughts and you change your world. —Norman Vincent Peale
Focus on What you Can Do, Rather than What you Cannot Do!
When people feel pessimistic / mentally weak, they focus on the negative factors of a situation. All they see is the enormity of the challenges ahead. That way, their mind is overpowered by the heavy, negative difficulties and they can no longer see themselves as the winners.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill
Sometimes when you are feeling low, powerless and / or abused, you need to draw on the spiritual powers, whether it is in pray form or through meditation, connecting with your spiritual powers can be revitalizing and sometimes extremely enlightening. On several occasions, I have actually discovered solutions and overcome hurdles, during pray. You don’t have to be a religious person to call on spiritual powers, you just have to have something that you truly believe in and who you think can provide you with the clarity that you are looking for.
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt
Be Careful not to Give the Power of Control for Your Life, to Someone else!
It is easy to say “I can’t anymore” or “I give-up”, but once you give away the control over your life, you give away the control over your future. You are the ONLY one who should be in-charge of the decisions made on your life. In an abusive relationship, many people feel that it is easy for the person to just walk away, but the truth is – they don’t have a clue, because they are not you and they are not in your relationship. The most important thing a person in an abusive relationship can do, is maintain control over themselves – don’t give up on your having a better future!
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker
I think that the most important factor about being successful at perseverance is how you push through and stay focussed on the successful outcome that you want for the situation, this will help you to achieve it. You deserve to give yourself the best opportunities that you can give yourself.