Persistence, the commitment to a task despite challenges and setbacks, is an incredibly important trait to cultivate in both your personal and professional life. It’s human nature to want instant gratification—problems to solve themselves or just go away, or ideas and dreams to be fulfilled without much effort. But in reality, life doesn’t work that way. The magic that turns dreams into reality is persistence, not wishful thinking.
As highlighted in our blog post about the power of the will, all that is required to achieve what you desire is a simple choice to work diligently and persistently to affect an outcome. But it’s important to note that there is a fine line between persistence and stubbornness. Stubbornness is the blind refusal to accept defeat, or the pursuit of something that you know is fruitless. Persistence, on the other hand, is the unwavering commitment to keep showing up, even when the path gets rocky. It’s about bouncing back from setbacks, learning from mistakes, and refusing to let temporary roadblocks define your destination.
Persistence is the framework for personal and professional growth. It pushes you to master whatever you set out to do, whether that means committing to a self-care routine, learning a new skill, or working to grow your business; in business endeavors particularly, persistence is the fuel that propels innovation and progress. Take a look at well-known success stories like the invention of the light bulb, and you’ll find that persistence was the key ingredient to each achievement.
Most importantly, you’ll find that a task greased with persistence is the most deeply gratifying in the end—much more than an easy completion could ever have been. Learning to cultivate persistence will thus leave you not only more productive and accomplished, but also more fulfilled.
Now go forth, push through, and watch your world transform, one persistent step at a time.