I see this page is not so recent. I also didn’t get much further myself. But the quote page I used today gave me some courage and hope again, so here it it: 28 Perseverence and Persistence Quotes. I want to dedicate it to Marl Ian Dionaldo as he inspired me for today’s quote (January 20, 2016) as I have some idea what he is going through with his MyPasalubong project.
I considered myself very persistent, but I realize more and more that I was merely just stubborn. And those two are very different I know now. You see, persistence is much more than ‘just pushing what you want’, which I would now call stubbornness.
As especially with the huge project I am working on right now I found that persistence is more like gently pushing, following up, until you get what you want. And leave the choice with what to do or not to do with the other person. So I wrote a lot of kind and gentle e-mails, most of which were not answered the first time. And then I started following up like every two weeks, gently, slowly, sometimes involving other people like secretaries. And that just works if you just make the other person feel what you really want and indeed, that you won’t give up. But let them free and ask nicely.
So the below eight areas Napoleon Hill mentions related to persistence make much more sense to me now, after practicing the Principles of Success:
- Definiteness of purpose.
- Definiteness of plans.
- Accurate knowledge.
So a while ago I wrote here that I wanted to measure myself again in the area of lack in persistence by checking the following areas, but right now I feel there is no real need, as I conquered most of them. You may also want to check where you stand with this though, as they are very useful things to realize:
- Failure to recognize and to define clearly exactly what one wants.
- Procrastination, with or without cause.
- Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge.
- Indecision, the habit of “passing the buck” on all occasions, instead of facing issues squarely. (Also backed up by alibis).
- The habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating definite plans for the solution of problems.
- Self-satisfaction. There is but little remedy for this affliction, and no hope for those who suffer from it.
- Indifference, usually reflected in one’s readiness to compromise on all occasions, rather than meet opposition and fight it.
- The habit of blaming others for one’s mistakes, and accepting unfavorable circumstances as being unavoidable.
- Weakness of desire, due to neglect in the choice of motives that impel action.
- Willingness, even eagerness, to quit at the first sign of defeat. (Based upon one or more of the six basic fears).
- Lack of organized plans, placed in writing where they may be analyzed.
- The habit of neglecting to move on ideas, or to grasp opportunity when it presents itself.
- Wishing instead of willing.
- The habit of compromising with poverty instead of aiming at riches. General absence of ambition to be, to do, to own.
- Searching for all the short-cuts to riches, trying to get without giving a fair equivalent, usually reflected in the habit of gambling, endeavoring to drive “sharp” bargains.
- Fear of criticism, failure to create plans and to put them into action, because of what other people will think, do, or say. This enemy belongs to the head of the list, because it generally exists in one’s subconscious mind, where its presence is not recognized. (See the Six Basic Fears).
And right now, while updating this post on October 16, 2014, I’m not fully sure what to advise you if you’re ‘not yet there’, where I am, having developed much more self confidence than I could have ever imagined. I guess my advice would just be to buy the book Think and Grow Rich and work from it. Or another book that comes your way or you feel attracted to. But don’t just read, do, try to understand, analyze, write down what is happening. As those last things seem to be the way to success.