The Key To Perseverance

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The Definition Of PerseveranceFrom a dictionary: "Persisting in or remaining constant to a purpose, idea or task in spite of obstacles." Notice it doesnt start, "Wisely persisting..." Perseverance can clearly be both a good thing and a bad thing. Remember that when you find yourself wanting to quit something. Quitting might be the wisest choice.
Of course, the problem with the idea that you should quit when something isnt worth the effort, is that its often used as a rationalization. It comes to mind when the effort is difficult, but really is worthwhile. Its confusing at times, so how do you wisely persevere? There are three important aspects to consider.
Keys To Wise Perseverance 1. Self awareness: Notice when you look for excuses, rather than truth. Are you letting fear or laziness cause you to quit or procrastinate? If honestly watching yourself is difficult, explain your reasoning to a friend. Close friends may be more likely than you to know when youre rationalizing. (Think about it from the other direction and youll see this can be true.) 2. Costs and benefits: To wisely persevere, you need to see the costs and benefits of what you are doing. If moving to Hollywood to become a star is going to cost you your business or family life, you have to see that clearly before you decide. An honest and good decision requires honest and good information.
3. Motivation: Once youve made a decision, and youre sure you made it for the right reasons, you have to motivate yourself. In fact, perseverance requires that you regularly remotivate yourself. Write goals down, do daily affirmations, and whatever else you have to do. Habit is the most powerful secret of success. Practice watching yourself to make selfawareness a habit. Practice analyzing costs and benefits objectively, and practice motivating yourself. By the way, there are many good motivation techniques, so if what youre doing doesnt work go read up on them and try something else. Thats perseverance.


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