We live in a world where perseverance is a virtue that seems to become rarer by the day.
It might be the availability of an infinite source of immediate gratification and distraction that is responsible for our widespread incapacity to commit to making an effort or to wait to see the results of our work.
Whichever the reason, people who demonstrate perseverance and resilience are rare and more likely to be successful. Think about the top performers in any area. They did not win the olympics or toped charts because of their talent alone. They all got there because they worked harder than anyone and never gave up.
Even if you are not shooting for the stars, reaching your potential is worth the work and effort. One of my mottoes is that “nothing worth it is easy”. Getting used to push through when things become hard might be the best service we do to ourselves.
The good news is that there are ways to learn to be more resistant. Not only can we train ourselves to persevere, but doing so creates rewards which by far exceed the quick fix most people contempt themselves with.
Getting started is easy. It is about picking an area where we want to become better, define an objective, and commit to it. Whether it is about finally doing a full split, learning an instrument, build an app, or run a marathon, things will get hard, boring; they will plateau. It is then we need not give up.
Challenging ourselves regularly, preferably daily, is an incredibly effective way to make perseverance a habit. The beauty of developing such a practice is that it also enhances our self-perception, our self-confidence and increases our readiness to tackle new challenges, small and big.
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