Upon interviewing over 500 of the most successful people on earth, Napoleon Hill discovered one trait that was shared by all of them: persistance. In order to achieve your goals, you will need to become persistent. It’s a must, not a should. There will be barriers and there will be obstacles but you must persist on. How do we become persistent? This chapter gives great insights on developing them.
- 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 suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
- A friendly alliance with one or more person who will encourage you to follow through with both plan and purpose.
How sweet are we? We’ve done goal setting and we have all of these things don’t we? Doesn’t that make so much sense? We have to have a great purpose, take action, guard our minds from negativity and find people who will propel us to our goals. Below are the things that cause persistence:
- DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. Know what you want is the first and, perhaps, the most important step toward the development of persistence. A strong motive forces you to surmount many difficulties.
- DESIRE. It is comparatively easy to acquire and maintain persistence in pursuing the object of intense desire.
- SELF-RELIANCE. Believe in your ability to carry out a plan encourages you to follow the plan through with persistence.
- DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. Organized plans, even though they may be weak and entirely impractical, encourage persistence.
- ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE. Knowing that your plans are sound, based upon experience or observation, encourages persistence; “guessing” instead of “knowing” destroys persistence.
- COOPERATION. Sympathy, understanding and harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop persistence.
- WILLPOWER. The habit of concentrating your thoughts upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definite purpose leads to persistence.
- HABIT. Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage. Everyone who has seen active service in war knows this.
I mean, we’re basically embodying all of these things now aren’t we? If you ever feel down or not wanting to take action, review this section of the book, it will surely ignite your desire to push forward.