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Patience and Persistence

  • May 2, 2017
  • Written by Meridian Admin

Recently, Seth Godin wrote a blog entitled, “Like riding a bike,” in which he said that people often say that once you’ve learned to ride a bicycle, you don’t ever forget. He then goes on to say that we learned to ride it by doing it. We didn’t learn to ride a bike from a book or a video. His final statement summed it up by saying, “… You learn by doing it wrong, by falling off, by getting back on, by doing it again.” His post-script stated that for most things we learn this way—by doing it.

Patience and persistence are certainly tied to this idea of accomplishing things in life, of being successful. Whether it is learning to walk as a toddler, ride a bike as a child, or accomplishing many tasks in our work or personal lives as an adult, we need to remember that the combination of both patience and persistence will see us through to our goals.

In most activities we do, success does not always come easily or even quickly. By having a goal in mind with a plan or strategy to achieve that goal, we need to add patience and persistence to the mix. As self-help author Napoleon Hill said, “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

If our goal is realistic and we have thought out the activities we need to perform to attain that goal, we often need to have the patience and persistence to keep going. Too often people become disillusioned and give up too easily. If we as toddlers gave up trying to walk after the first fall, we’d still be crawling.

The sales process is a good example of the need for persistence and patience. More often than not, sales calls to prospective clients result in a “No.” It is about not giving up when the first calls do not bear fruit, but to keep at it, to keep on calling. We need to remind ourselves of our goal and our strategy and keep on track.

This does not mean the strategy will always work. You may have to readjust the goal and/or the strategies, if you continually meet with negative responses. At these times we have to stop and reassess by asking ourselves some questions. What are we trying to accomplish? What is not working with our strategy? Is there another way we can do this? Sometimes by taking time out to ask ourselves these sorts of questions, we find some minor adjustments that are necessary to achieve the goal.

Patience and persistence are about sticking with the plan. It’s about not giving up easily but it is also not about blindly following a path without some reassessment or tweaking. Like riding a bike, we need to remember what we are trying to achieve and keep that goal in mind.

Paul Abra

Motivated Coaching

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