It’s easy to quit, give up, or bail on something when it doesn’t go as planned. There’s always loads of excuses that you or others will provide to do so, especially when you meet some new struggle or hurdle that prevents you from going forward. The thing of it is though, those struggles or times of pain or turbulence are usually also where if you can get through it, will turn out to be where you learned the most and where you’ll be able to look back and say, that was one of many turning points that made you who you are.
As James T. Kirk said in Star Trek V, The Final Frontier, from a discussion with Bones, Spock, and Sybok, “Damn it, Bones, you’re a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can’t be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They’re the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don’t want my pain taken away! I need my pain!”
Or, for any comedy/western fans from the movie City Slickers and the one thing discussion between Curly and Mitch:
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? (holds up one finger)
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.
Call it pain, a struggle, or anything else defined as not convenient, and that’s where the value of persistence, keep on trucking, will be tested and proved. After all, anyone can go down a path or detour for a short while, not so many that keep on going. But for those that do, and if the path is what you could call true, slowly but surely the hurdles you first saw as huge become smaller and smaller until they become almost meaningless.
With that, here are 10 benefits you get from being persistent.
- 1. It provides you with a sense of purpose, something to look forward to.
- 2. It builds self-confidence, once you know you can make it through one struggle, you’re more likely or more confident to try in other areas or future difficulties.
- 3. The small obstacles that you overcome have a way of building up over time to something much larger. Sort of like the sayings, how do you eat an elephant, one bite at a time. Or, how do you climb a mountain, one foot after the other.
- 4. It builds character. Anyone can live a life of convenience, you just sit there and don’t do anything. Others with character or grit will get bored out of their skull doing so and simply have to go forward, maybe with the old get busy living or get busy dying type of mindset.
- 5. You find out the bark is often times worse than the bite. After you make it through, you’re able to look back and think to yourself, that wasn’t so bad, what the hell was I so worried about. Probably even have a laugh from your previous ignorance.
- 6. Being persistent is like hardening a piece of metal, the more persistent you are, the stronger it gets. Likewise not being persistent becomes brittle, shattering at the first sign of adversity.
- 7. Being persistent makes you dependable, honest, to others. Over time, if nothing else, they can count on you to help in the expertise you’re involved with. With that, they’ll also be more likely to help in areas of struggle where they’re the expert and you’re not, building a kind of synergistic relationship with others around you.
- 8. Being persistent with one thing will diminish others, able to more quickly axe the distractions that really don’t matter in the long term.
- 9. It gives you extra focus for what you’re doing, allowing you to often do it better, able to see small problems that could grow, not make as many mistakes, and producing a higher quality result.
- 10. By being persistent you can beat the odds. Sooner or later, you’ll usually end up accomplishing what you’re seeking. If the odds are 10 to 1, a 100 to 1 or more, by keeping at enough times, trying different things but always with the intention of moving forward, eventually you’ll have tried all the ways the don’t work and find the one that does.
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