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Are You Persistent?  

Then you have the edge over your competitors. Within my life experience, persistence taught me usable skills like

  • planning
  • setting a goal
  • focusing on the outcome
  • thinking through problems
  • getting results

certified professional consultantSome people, who’ve experienced setback, trauma, disappointment, illness, or fatigue know the secret to recovery: Only a mindset of perseverance empowers a tired person to continue, succeed, and win.

The Ingredients

Persistence pushes ahead. Persistence does not look back. Persistence keeps her eye on the prize or reward. Persistence might ignore discomfort or pain.

The primary focus in being persistent is wanting something or desiring it intensely. Consider ten-year-old Karen, who helped her mom bring in the groceries from the car to the kitchen. She noticed a Barbie doll package hidden amidst the groceries that mom brought home. During the month of November, Karen took advantage of her mother’s absence to slide under her parents’ bed, where mom hid the Christmas presents.

Sometimes she just stared at the Barbie doll package like a puppy drooling for food. Then, Karen couldn’t stare any longer. The next time she peeked at her Christmas presents, she opened the little bag of doll clothes her mother had made for the Barbie doll. How delightful that mom would do this just for her, “number four daughter,” or so her father called her. He couldn’t remember her name.

Christmas was one week away. This day, her mom had gone to a meeting. Karen’s bubbling curiosity carried her under the bed to open a wrapped package of doll clothes. Oh no. She couldn’t put the wrapping back together with the doll clothes strewn under the bed. So she shoved everything under the bed as mom entered her bedroom. Finding Karen on her bed, mom sensed her daughter’s deed and even gave Karen the “raised eyebrow ” look.

Karen held it all in – her urine, her words, her admissions of guilt – and just shook her head back and forth denoting a very weak “no.” Her eyes staring at the floor gave away her secret. She caved. “I love the Barbie clothes. So pretty,” she said as she looked at the carpet. At that moment, mom continued in the Barbie clothes conversation and reached beneath the bed to grab three items of Barbie’s clothing.

She addressed Karen: “I know you cannot hide your excitement and curiosity about Barbie’s clothes. So, let’s do this. Rewrap the doll dresses. Put them back under the bed. Don’t bother the clothes again and I will finish the sewing. You will have to wait one week until Christmas and pretend to be really surprised when you open your presents. Can you do that?”

“Okay.” Karen felt her mom was not angry at all. She seemed to anticipate Karen’s incessant peaking under the bed and redirected Karen to another room. Karen’s childhood experience taught hat her mother was not angry at her behavior and understood her persistence to see her new doll clothes. Karen modeled her mom’s patience as she matured.

Why You Should Cultivate Persistence?

If you want something intensely, you will make that happen. But do you know what it takes to make it happen? The steps you bring to a journey of persistence reduces any difficulties you could face. Imagine that you go on a job interview and feel it went well. Yet, you don’t hear back from your potential employer over the next week. Some people are busy, and they let these situations escape them. However, you have to be persistent even if you are not comfortable. If you don’t, you will never get what you need to learn.

How to Stay Positive

We encounter negativity as children. We learn it from teachers, parents, and friends. Mostly, negativity starts in childhood and we are products of our environments. Otherwise, not staying positive promotes

  • Making excuses
  • Deferring responsibilities
  • Guessing at a right answer
  • Killing enthusiasm and desire to grow

Having a positive mindset is not easy. You will witness how you change when people like to be around you. You provide fresh viewpoints. You gravitate to more positive situations and people. You do need to be realistic. You can stay positive by setting up a positive environment. You could stop watching the news as often as you once did. Stay away from television shows and movies that project negativity or violence.

Have Good Habits

When you develop and practice good habits, you are in a better position to persist and remain more positive. Just stated, bad habits get in the way of good ones. You can focus on developing good habits:

  • Think positively
  • Genuinely connect with people
  • Further a positive relationship
  • Persist in your positive viewpoints

Which Habits Need Your Focus?

  • Choose your list of new, good habits on which to focus.
  • Persistent habits focus your mindset on productive routines.
  • Create a journal of your positive thoughts and routines.
  • Keep the journal entries personal to inspire your productive habits.
  • You can write down what you are feeling and read about those feelings at a later time.
  • You could use this journal to help others who want their own similar habits.
  • You may even turn your good habits into a coaching business.

Do You Know Your Mind?

Most people say yes. However, genuinely knowing yourself, requires you conduct an honest review of your mindset first, before reviewing your actions and their congruence to your mindset.

Tips on Developing a Successful Mindset

How you think and how you view the world can make the difference between your successful business and a failed one.

Your thoughts could focus on personal satisfaction and how others perceive your business efforts. Developing a successful mindset is critical.

Be Realistic

Having impossible goals sets you up for discouragement. You want goals that are realistic enough to inspire you. If you have trouble meeting your goals, stop and take an assessment of your goals. Do you need to frame your goals in words and read them each day?

Challenge Yourself  

Challenge yourself and ensure your successful completion. The purpose of a challenge is to motivate you to success.

Keep positive company. When you hang around with negative nay-sayers, the energy and words rub off on you. Your acquaintances might be jealous of you or threatened by your success. Do you hang out with people who are enthusiastic for life and connections?

Write Your Dreams

Why did you start your home-based business? When you feel overwhelmed, remember your motivation: Financial success? Personal satisfaction? Promotions in an industry? Focus on professional colleagues?

Take Responsibility

If you fail, you are likely to blame your self. That is not healthy. Instead, learn from the experience by reviewing it with a colleague. Failure is excellent when we learn from the experience. Think of it as a motivational experience. What did you learn to do or to avoid?

Be Bold

Do you worry about the risk of a new business or expanding? Consider all of your experiences, and where you feel fulfilled, continue with being sensible about your chances.  A positive mindset is the right attitude to have about yourself, your skills, talents, and especially your persistence. Have confidence in your abilities.