I’ve been talking about persistence lately, and much of it has to do with the fact that I persisted and reached my goal, this post!
Here are some more things to think about.
You’ve probably heard the term “mental strength” a lot. It’s become a common buzzword in our society, but what does it mean? Mental strength is your ability to keep going when things get difficult, when you feel like giving up. It means being able to control your thoughts and therefore your actions so that you can stay focused on your goals.
Understand the Role of Thoughts in Persistence
The most important part of building up persistence is understanding how to change your thoughts. Your mind is like a computer and your thoughts are like the programs that run on it. These thoughts have a huge impact on the type of person you are, the relationships you have, and the paths you choose. And just like a computer, GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out)
If you want to change certain habits or behaviors, you must change the way you think about them, like changing your programming on that computer. Most people get sidetracked because they don’t understand the role of their thoughts in directing their actions. An example of this is when someone is trying to lose weight. You often tell yourself “I can’t” more than you tell yourself “I will”
A favourite quoe by Henry Ford is: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right,”. This emphasizes how much attitude determines success or failure.
The end result will be whether or not you’ve achieved your goal, but the process is what you have to do every day to make progress and stay on track. This can be as simple as remembering you are making headway.
You may find meditation helpful. It has not come easily to me, but I do make the effort. And yes, on the whole, I believe it helps.
Meditation helps to improve your focus and attention, allowing you to process information more efficiently. It also helps you to control your emotions while removing stress from your life.
Stay Positive and be Grateful
One of the best things you can do to build up persistence is to stay positive. This can be difficult, especially if you’re struggling with a big goal right now, but there are many ways to stay positive. An effective way to stay positive while you build up persistence is by practicing gratitude.
Many people don’t realize it, but many of their problems stem from their attitudes. If you look at problems from a grateful position, you can see them as opportunities to grow. Gratitude can be a great way to stay positive in building up persistence because it challenges you to look for the positive in every situation. Easier to say than do, but I feel it does make a difference!
Let me know if this helped; writing it helped me, because I got to focus on what I was trying to say, and by extension, do.
As always let me know what you think, even thoughtful criticism helps!