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|Table of Contents|
|Winning at life and business is about endurance|
|What does perseverance look like?|
|So, what does perseverance look like?|
|WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS SETS AN INTENTION|
Winning at life and business is about endurance.
The difference between success and failure in achieving a goal boils down to one thing.
Motivation waxes and wanes. Your determination and perseverance is what will carry you through the times when your motivation dips…or completely stops all together.
What does perseverance look like?
Let’s start with what it doesn’t look like.
If you’ve ever started something and didn’t complete it because you; felt overwhelmed, lost interest, felt like you no longer wanted to do it anymore, didn’t have the time, or insert any other host of excuses… then you need to build your follow through aka perseverance muscle.
Having perseverance means that you’re getting up and getting in there to do your best – even on your worst days….especially then.
It’s when you stop being a slave to every thought that you think, and you start managing your mind, your motivation and your follow through.
Your perseverance and determination won’t allow your excuses to take hold and stop you from achieving what you have set out to accomplish.
● No more listening to…
● I don’t want to
● I don’t feel like it today
● I’m overwhelmed and don’t have the time
● I don’t have the money
● I don’t know how
● Why are they better than me?
● I can’t believe how far I have to go
● I’ll do it tomorrow
● Why even bother, nothing seems to work for me
When you can overcome the mental chatter, you’ll find you EASILY break the patterns that have prevented you from achieving your goals.
It’s by putting yourself in the arena. Every. Damn. Time.
So, what does perseverance look like?
It looks like consistency. You become consistent with your actions.
It looks like focus. You keep your head down until you get to your end goal.
The added bonus, which is actually the real win, is who you become in the process of achieving your goals. Perseverance leads to character and that will make facing challenges and obstacles that much easier to move through.
This isn’t about perfection, but it is about finding and closing the gap in your abilities.
My gap was consistency.
I’d start strong but finish weak (that’s if I even did finish). I’d use the excuses a lot of people do…
This isn’t right for me. I’m not feeling it anymore. I don’t feel like doing X today. I’ll do it tomorrow.
And more often than not, the other demands of my life and business would eat up all my time (the truth is I allowed them to)
Or I’d burn out, take a break and then go full throttle again until I burned out again.
It was exhausting and even worse, every time I broke a commitment to myself, I began not trusting myself. Every time I set a goal and didn’t follow through, I withdrew from my trust account.
It was when I finally got sick and tired of hearing my own excuses that I decided to take a look at what I needed to do. It didn’t take long to see that my mindset sucked. Even though I was a happy and positive person, the reality was, I had kept giving myself a back door when things got uncomfortable. I never really allowed myself to go full out.
That’s when I decided to play a game with myself. Who doesn’t like games?!
It started with a small goal because just like any other muscle, you want to slowly build it otherwise you can overwhelm your system and set yourself up for failure. I chose to fast for 12 hours. It’s not as bad as it sounds because I was sleeping for eight of those hours. I wrote down my goal on my whiteboard for two reasons:
IT FEELS GOOD
If you’ve ever crossed something off your “to-do” list, you know how good it feels. Who doesn’t love feeling productive and a sense of accomplishment?
WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS SETS AN INTENTION
You’re making a decision. Sure enough, I did the 12 hours without any problems and by putting a checkmark next to it, it also built my confidence.
I followed through on what I had said I was going to do and there it was in black and white. As I was revelling in my victory, I decided to up the ante and fast the next day as well. Success! As you can see, when I said start slow, I wasn’t kidding.
After successfully accomplishing my goal for 4 days in a row, I decided to increase the time to 16 hours and I did it for 30 days and you know what? By day 11 it had already become a habit. Now there were days where I felt stressed and wanted to eat during the window that I was fasting but I didn’t want to break the chain of success I had built so I stuck with it.
And each time I didn’t give in to my thoughts, my perseverance muscle strengthened and I became more confident. That led to making another goal…and another…and another. I started seeing some pretty incredible results.
My revenue went from barely getting by each month to having 5 figure months. I lost the 10 pounds that had stubbornly clung to my belly and back (gotta love back fat). I got into a relationship where I’ve been the most vulnerable than I’ve ever been in my life and as a result, the happiest I’ve been.
And just recently, I hired a mentor that is out of my current price range and the only reason I was able to do that is because I trust myself to get the results I’m going after.
THAT’S what persistence looks like.
Now that’s not to say that I’m in beast mode all the time. I still find myself wanting to quit at times or not wanting to do things that get me to grow – BUT, the difference now is that I do them anyway.
This is about exploring your challenges and rising above your circumstances. It’s a practice. You do it over and over and over again. The result? Your perseverance and determination strengthen and as a result your power and your freedom grow.
It will change the way you make your decisions. Guaranteed.
Be prepared for an eye opening experience because you will get a ton of clarity on how you have been operating in your life. You will realize how often you’ve stopped before it got good.
You’ll understand why your bank account and your life looks the way it does.
You will begin to unravel all the excuses that you’ve made…
Excuses that have kept you from being who you are meant to be, and doing what you are meant to do.