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The great trait of persistence

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Posted 19th February 2014 at 09:25 PM by Jeremy Barker

There is a trait that we all carry somewhere deep down that will save us from defeat if we so choose to use it. This is "persistence."

What is persistence?

Persistence is a firm continuance in a course of action despite difficulty or opposition.

Michael Jordan said it well when he said:

If your trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Persistence has been one of the life saving traits that I firmly believe in and practice on a daily basis. I have had my share of obstacles, as we all have. Things that have tried to bring me down, ruin my path, trip me up so to speak. I have found myself many times lower and lower with the feeling that getting back up is going to be difficult if not impossible. The thing is, I have never stopped. I am speaking in terms of my personal success here but persistence can go with any avenue in your life. The main issue that we all face is the feeling of defeat and then are faced with a choice. The choice whether to let "it" beat you or "you" beat it. Think back in your own life for a minute. As you start to think of this, you will immediately think of areas that you rose to the occasion and became the victor in certain situations in your life. In other situations you will think of times when you have felt completely defeated.

Use this simple formula to see for yourself which side you are on:

My Victories (<, >, =) My Losses

Are your victories less than your losses? Greater than your losses? Equal to your losses? If your victories are not greater than your losses, your level of persistence is not high enough. You do not have enough self control and determination to create that successful life that you deserve. If you are persistent, you will prevail a victor.

What are you going to do today that create that persistent life that you desire? Only YOU can create your life and shape it into what you desire it to be.


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