Persistence Pays: Learning to Finish What You Start
Practice makes perfect. We’ve heard that mantra since we were kids. But more specifically, embody persistence. That is the key to master anything. You can practice something once every two months and not get very good at whatever you are doing. On the other hand, persistence will almost always deliver results.
With all the modern day distractions, from video games, the internet, television, etc., it can be a difficult proposition to keep focused on persistence. Putting aside those distractions will free us to become better at something we have dreamed of in the past.
It’s important to balance being persistent with not being too pushy. It’s one thing to want something and do whatever it takes to get it. However, if you are encroaching on others personal space or even their rights, you may have to take a different approach or back off and find another way.
This doesn’t mean backing away from something you desire. If you have just as much right as anyone else to pursue it and using persistence is the key to getting it, then you should go for it. Maybe you have been trying to get a promotion at work. Your persistence may be the aspect that makes you stand out above the others.
If you ever saw the series Columbo in the 1970’s, Peter Falk played a detective who tended to be persistent with his inquiries. This paid off for him as he was always able to catch the perpetrator. Of course, this is a fictional story, but the concept carries easily into real life.
Many people believe that if you really want something, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Usually, this will happen from being persistent. There is some truth to this, but sometimes there can be something limiting that holds you back from doing what is necessary. Try to determine what is blocking you. If you try to accomplish something and fail, only to try it again later, this still could mean that you want it bad enough. You just weren’t ready for it during the first attempts.
People can also persist with bad habits or unwanted behaviors. In this case, it’s best not to embody persistence and try to deemphasize the negative behavior or traits. One great way to do this is to replace these negative aspects with positive ones. The effort is the same. But the results will be well worth the switch.