Young Africans: How to be persistent by Adedayo OlabamijiJavnyuy Joybert
“The Ability to Persist Separates The Successful From The Unsuccessful (crowd)” By Javnyuy Joybert
The first step in improving your persistence is to actually start thinking with a positive mindset. Whenever you start to think in a negative manner or start to say the words ‘I can’t do that’, stop and think for a moment. What exactly is it that you can’t do? Or is it merely that you don’t want to do the task?
If you want to be persistent in the pursuit of your goals, you must be clear about what it is that you want to achieve. As you get clearer and more specific about your goal, you learn to identify the tasks which you need to focus on if you want to achieve your goal. By becoming more focused, you become a little more motivated and this will help you to persist in the face of adversity.
If you want to achieve a goal, you must have at least one good reason (i.e. the benefit you will experience) for wanting to achieve it. As your goals increase in size, you are likely to have multiple good reasons for wanting to achieve it. Before you even set about planning your goal, you should take a pen and paper and write each of these reasons down.
Then, on a regular basis, you can read this list of reasons and imagine yourself experiencing each of these benefits. This will help to recharge your batteries and motivate you to get back on track.
When you are lacking persistence, it is often due to a sense of overwhelm. The goal seems so big and there seems to be so much you have to do in order to achieve it. Your projected deadline for achieving the goal may also be a long way off in the future. All of these factors can lead to you experiencing a sense of overwhelm which causes you to doubt yourself. Persistence does not come easy when you doubt yourself.