“Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” – Seth Godin on Persistence
As leaders it’s importance to be persistent. Anything worth achieving in life requires constant effort. Just having a meaningful goal is not enough, to make a difference we need to continuously take action. We need to be persistent, as we strive to reach our goals, working daily towards the achievement of our goals. Persistence is necessary as meaningful goals don’t come easy.
There are days when we will feel like giving up and is seems that we are not making any progress. It’s during days like these, that sheer determination and persistence is all that’s left.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge
It’s persistence that keeps us moving forward, meaningful goals are not achieved overnight, they require, no they demand persistence, patience and perseverance. If you continue to take action, you will build momentum.
“If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.” – Unknown
In the face of challenge, persistence ensures that we continue to take action towards the achievement of our goal. As Seth Godin points out, this may require us to frequent adjustments to our tactics, until we achieve the goal.
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown
Reflecting on your goals…
- Do you need to change the tactics you’re using to archive your goal?
- Have you persevered toward you goal? Or have you perhaps given up too soon?