Persistence is one of the most common qualities of a successful person. A person practicing persistence will never give up. They believe in themselves and in the fact that the longer they hang in there and keep moving ahead, the greater the chance that something will go their way. No matter how hard something seems right now, the longer that you persist the more likely you are to succeed.
I think a lot of leaders need to read or hear the above paragraph over and over again in today’s world. It’s not easy to lead an organization in today’s economic and financial climate.
Things aren’t always going to be easy. If it were easy to be a leader, everyone would do it. It takes someone who is going to persist in the face of obstacles and not get overwhelmed and quit. There are a lot of people depending on the success of a leader so it is especially important for a leader to find solutions and push ahead.
Let me give you an example of exercising persistence that happened to me recently. It is not a business example but I think you will be able to relate it to business.
Recently, on a vacation trip to Sedona, Arizona, a friend and I went on several long hikes. Having been working really hard in our businesses, we were excited to get away and just be out in nature. The first day we picked a trail and started walking. It took us up and down the red rocks of Sedona, with beautiful views in all directions. We stopped to take pictures and enjoy the views.
After about an hour and a half we came to the end of the trail, which was at the top of a mountain. We could see striking views in all directions and remained there for about 20 minutes or so walking around and taking pictures. When it was time to go back, we couldn’t find the trail. In our excitement to finally be out of the office and on a hike, we jumped on a trail that wasn’t very well marked and didn’t pay any attention to where we were going or how we were going to get back.
We didn’t freak out. Ok, maybe a little. It was getting toward mid-day in Arizona and the temperature was rising close to 100 degrees. We tried many different paths that looked like they could be a trail but to no avail. Finally after about 30 – 45 minutes of being persistent in our pursuit of that trail to lead us back, we found it. I attribute our success to using the following three tips.
Tips to using persistence to reach success:
- Communicate with others. If you come up against a roadblock or an obstacle, ask for help. There may be others who have had the same experiences as you and they may be able to help you find a solution.
- Be solution-oriented. If you encounter an obstacle or roadblock, stop and brainstorm ways to get past the block. There are a number of ways that will work but you will find them only if you spend time looking for them.
- Believe in yourself and others. Practicing persistence until you reach success takes a strong belief in yourself and others. Believe that you can reach that goal and experience that success.
In our situation, there was no one else to communicate with but we did a good job communicating with each other. We brainstormed and tried MANY different options. I think the biggest factor that helped us succeed is that we believed we could.
Please leave a comment below and tell me how your persistence has lead you to success.