The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence: What’s the key to success as an entrepreneur?

 

Is it skill?

 

Education?

 

Connections?

 

No, it’s something absolutely anyone can develop. It’s the power of persistence.

 

Mental Toughness and Success

What makes military cadets at West Point successful?

 

Research shows that intelligence, talent, test scores, and even physical strength have far less to do with success than simple grit. Grit, or perseverance and passion for long-term goals, was the key indicator of whether new cadets would successfully finish their first summer of training.

 

Angela Duckworth, who did the research on grit in West Point cadets, found similar results in other areas. She found that new teachers in tough neighborhoods, kids in the National Spelling Bee, salespeople, and more were far more likely to succeed if they scored highly for grit.

 

How Do You Develop Persistence?

If perseverance and passion for your goals are so essential for your success, how do you get there? How do you develop grit in your own life?

 

Here are some keys:

  • Be That Person. What you tell yourself about who you are will have a lot to do with whether you stick with your goals when they are tough. Be the kind of person that doesn’t quit.
  • Be Consistent. It’s not usually the big actions that help you win, but the small actions are done over and over. It’s the classic tortoise and hare – and the tortoise really does win.
  • Embrace Failure. Seeing failure as a data point instead of a defining moment is a big part of a growth mindset. Refuse to be afraid of failure.
  • One More Step. Choosing to take just one more step than is comfortable helps you create small wins, and helps you become a person that is persistent and has mental toughness.
  • Use Habits. Create habits that help you reach your goals so that you’re not starting from scratch every day.

 

It’s not easy to do these things on your own. Most people live in their comfort zone unless someone helps them move out of it.

 

Remember, this isn’t about climbing Mt. Everest tomorrow. It’s about becoming the kind of person who persists and is passionate about their goals. The kind of person who doesn’t fear failure and is consistent in their actions. The kind of person who goes all in

 

Because you deserve to have complete control over your time and money, I’ve helped many clients develop grit through my Failure Challenge and coaching programs.

Comment one action you are going to take to further your success today.

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