An old saying goes, "Never give up; never surrender." It's a cliche, to be sure, but it contains a lot of truth. Too often, people give up at the first sign of trouble. They encounter an obstacle and immediately throw in the towel, thinking that success is out of their reach. But the truth is that obstacles are nothing more than temporary speed bumps on the road to success. If you're persistent, you'll find that eventually, you'll overcome whatever is standing in your way.
The Power of Persistence
Why does persistence pay off? The answer is simple: eventually, everyone gets tired – including your opponent, "Old Man Defeat." When you keep pushing forward despite the odds, finally, your opponent will get worn down. He'll get tired of trying to stop you and eventually give up. Make "persistence" your mantra and watch as "Old Man Defeat" finally gets tired and leaves! At that point, your self-doubt will be the only thing standing in your way. And once you overcome that, success will be yours for the taking.
So how can you develop persistence?
The first step is to change your mindset. When you encounter an obstacle, don't see it as a reason to give up. Instead, view it as a challenge to overcome. If you approach every problem with that attitude, you'll soon find that you'll develop the tenacity never to give up – no matter what life throws your way.
Of course, changing your mindset is only half the battle. The other half is putting in the hard work required to persevere. Obstacles won't simply disappear because you're mentally stronger than them; you still need to try to surmount them. That means when you're feeling like giving up, you need to reach deep down inside and find the strength to keep going. Trust me – it's there. You just need to have faith in yourself and keep moving forward.