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Perseverance Can Be Mastered

Aug 18, 2007
If a person needs to transform himself from an ordinary person to an extraordinary person, it is imperative that he/she tries to develop perseverance, a trait or skill which can, by constant practice and steadfastness be mastered over a period of time. What is this perseverance? And why one should develop perseverance as a trait?

A number of reasons might be attributed to define a person's success in his/her endeavor - knowledge, power, strength, attitude, ability, luck, skill, hard work, patience, commitment and a whole lot of things, which can be related to success, that could have, in one way or other, contributed to a person's success. Included among these attributes or favorable traits is yet another important attribute, referred to as "Perseverance". The perseverance is an attitude, a mind-setting deep-rooted in the achievement of the set goal, no matter whatever the obstacles that may come in the way between the person and his dream of success.

The uniqueness in perseverance, as a trait, is that it is a combination of more than one trait - hard work, knowledge, commitment and patience. Added to these traits is the most important aspect, the "never-say-die" attitude and/or the determination. A casual reading about the success stories of successful people will reveal the determination, as well as strong character displayed by them with perseverance before they achieved the stage where they are now. Many of you may not be aware that Alfred Einstein, the great scientist who propounded the general theory of relativity, in his early stages had a learning disability. But he overcame that disability and a sort of handicap with perseverance and went on to become a great scientist.

In order to develop perseverance as a trait, one should be prepared to accept failures in his/her pursuit of success and should neither lose heart about failures nor lament about his/her hard-luck and/or give room for any other negative thoughts. A person has to keep trying again and again with commitment and determination until he/she succeeds in achieving what he/she aspires to achieve.

This determination, grit and commitment, coupled with hard work, patience and never-say-die attitude is what makes an ordinary person an extraordinary person. One can develop perseverance by constantly thinking of his/her objective or goals, and spend more time taking initiatives in pursuit of the cherished goal. Assuming that you a are a student in high school aspiring to come out with flying colors in the ensuing examinations, you should be prepared to reduce watching your favorite programmes in the television and spend that time in studying and preparing for the examinations.

In the pursuit to develop perseverance as a trait, one has to keep trying constantly and not be disappointed with failures. In such difficult times, one is advised to memorize and say for himself the memorable quotes on perseverance, especially when faced with failures. One such quote made by Beverly Sills is as follows: "You may be disappointed if you fail; but you are doomed if you don't try".

One has to develop perseverance as a trait to taste success in all of his/her endeavors in life. In the pursuit to develop perseverance as a favorable trait, one needs to take up a final decision and make up the mind accordingly in the pursuit of the goal set for him/her.

One of the most essential things, that need to emphasized for a person aspiring to develop perseverance, is to remain steadfast and determined to achieve success in our pursuit. Yet another inspirational quote regarding the importance of perseverance that can be used to motivate ourselves is by constantly remembering that "people don't succeed because they are destined to succeed; they succeed because they are determined to succeed.

It is essential that students should be encouraged to develop perseverance at the early stages of life, which, in turn, will help them achieve what they aspire to achieve for at the time. The other common things which everybody loves to develop perseverance as one of the primary tools for self-development and motivation is to constantly self-motivate himself/herself with positive thoughts and feelings, and efforts are taken to develop perseverance with 100% efficiency.

As part of the efforts to develop perseverance, it is essential that the person learn for himself/herself the tiny but essential art of self-motivating oneself after ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to achieve the coveted goal.
About the Author
Stephen C Campbell (Master NLP Practitioner) has published more information on using Perseverance as a Goal Setting tool at
http://www.perseverancehowtodevelopit.com
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