When I was a little girl, my dad would go out and ride his bike. Like most little girls who wanted to spend time with their daddy, I would want to go bike riding, too.
My dad was older than me (obviously!), stronger than me, had more experience riding a bike than me, AND he had a ten-speed bike.
I, on the other hand, was young, inexperienced, and had a one-speed bike…MINE. My bike would only go as fast as my little legs could peddle.
Together we rode up and down hills that left me red-faced and huffing and puffing trying to keep up. Dad would always ask if I wanted to stop and rest, and I would always refuse.
I can do it! I can keep up!
Dad always said I was quite a “stubborn little girl.”
As I grew older, he began referring to me as a “determined young lady.”
Whatever terminology he used…I always considered myself to be persistent.
Persistence is defined as: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
Yep! That’s me!
I refused to back down, admit defeat, or request special treatment.
I will persist until I succeed.
I will persist. I will win.
I have read these words as directed in The Greatest Salesman in the World, and I’ve been thinking about how I have persisted in my life…and how I have quit…and what that has cost me.
And I’ve recently changed my thoughts about persistence, because in the MKMMA we learned that persistence is a HABIT. Persistence is not the CAUSE of success, but rather the EFFECT that is created as a result of four tiny habits:
- A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.
- A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
- A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestion of relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
- A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.
So…to develop the HABIT of persistence, I must first have a definite purpose, a definite plan, a positive mental attitude, and a friendly alliance.
Where I have succeeded in life, I have had a strong grasp on the four tiny habits. Where I have quit, I have lacked one (or more!) of the four tiny habits.
We are only halfway through the MKMMA course, and I KNOW I am strengthening ALL of these habits…
…and the RESULT is the HABIT of persistence.
To create this new habit, I am reminded that I must start each day anew with my habits:
I forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this is the best day of my life…
…If I persist long enough I win.
I’m still that little girl: stubborn, determined, persistent.
I’m just creating new habits.
I persist. I win.