“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
Perseverance is being persistent. Persistent in the face of adversity, to move beyond difficulties toward what you want to achieve. Perseverance is one of the most significant keys to success; it improves the odds of you accomplishing your goals despite any and all odds.
True grit is not only innate, it can be cultivated! So how exactly do you become grittier, so to speak? There’s no one tried and tested formula, but there are a few things you can be doing to ensure that you’re developing your grit.
What’s Your Plan?
Always have a plan of action. It doesn’t matter if the plan is a bust. Having a plan is more than enough to keep you on the move toward your ambition.
Having a clear sense of purpose allows you to have clear-minded focus on what you are trying to achieve and, therefore, helps you persevere when things may seem uncertain. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and your plan is going to get you there!
Motivate, Inspire and Activate!
Get yourself motivated and get yourself moving. Merely planning isn’t going to cut it—you have to be a person of action, too.
Find different ways to inspire yourself and keep moving toward your end goal. Take joy in whatever you achieve along the way, because every little step counts.
Get Knocked Down, Get Back Up
Once you are committed to persevering, you must know that failure is inevitable. You will face many setbacks and obstacles along the way, but you must overcome them and get back into the game every time.
Whether you fail once, twice or twenty times, there is still the opportunity for success just waiting around the corner.
Optimism Is Key!
Negative thoughts are not your friend, and they will certainly not help you persevere through hard times. It can be hard to look at the silver lining, but focus your efforts on cultivating positive thoughts and pushing out the bad.
Scott Burrows is a keynote inspirational speaker on change, perseverance and overcoming challenges.
He is the bestselling author of his book Vision Mindset Grit: How to Stand Up When Life Paralyzes You, which is all about showing true grit and perseverance in the face of adversity.
He also has valuable insight for people in the professional world, being a business speaker on perseverance as well. Get in touch with us and book Scott for your next event.