Og Mandino, author of the Greatest Salesman in the World, said “I will persist until I succeed.” In that statement is a deep secret employed by those who succeed. We’ve all been at a point where we desired something and planned and waited to see its manifestation, but there were delays. Perhaps you may be in such a situation currently. What was/is your resolution?
One definition of persistence is “continuance of an effect after the cause is removed“. At the onset of desire is a clear vision. The deep longing we have causes our imagination to be very active. We see what it is we desire clearly, we imagine ourselves enjoying what we desire, we play the moment of when what we desire happens etc. But as time passes without our desire coming into fruition, the picture we once held clear begins to fade out, our attitudes change and our anticipation wanes. This is the defining moment between those who succeed and those who fail.
I once learned a valuable lesson, that everything I desire is just outside my comfort zone. Most people quit when they step outside the bounds of what they are used to. If you desire to lose weight and the longest regimen for diet and exercise you’ve had is 30 days, be sure not to quit when you take on a 45 day challenge. If the longest you’ve waited for a job you desired was 3 months, don’t quit in pursuing it even if it may take a year. Sure along the way to your goal, things may go wrong, but you must decide within yourself that any mishap would simply be a minor setback. Commonize your challenges, don’t make them appear to be bigger than what they really are. The truth is that someone else has gone through what you may be facing currently and has succeeded.
So when desire delays, what do you do?
1. Decide you will succeed. There’s much power in making a conscious decision. It forces everything to come to a focal point that pushes you towards your goal. Nothing in life happens except we first decide on it. So you must decide not to quit, and then decide to succeed, the circumstances not withstanding.
2. Keep the image of what you desire clear. I read a story about Florence Chadwick who was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions in the year 1950. Two years later, she took on the feat of swimming 26 miles between Catalina Island and the California coastline. After about 15 hours of swimming, a thick fog set in and her vision of the coastline was impaired, she doubted her ability to complete the journey, and asked to be pulled out of the water. She later realized that she had been less than one mile from the shore. She made a second attempt a couple of months later and the same fog set in, but she made it because she said that she kept a mental image of the shoreline in her mind while she swam.
2. Continue to be proactive and take action. To be proactive means to take steps in advance of an anticipated difficulty. Wisdom involves being able to analyze what’s ahead and being prepared to tackle it. What challenges are keeping you from what you desire? Be diligent in taking steps to overcome what may come your way. Seek counselors, and mentors. Look for gaps in knowledge and ability, and take action towards closing them.
3. Continually affirm your success. Your words are powerful. What you say with conviction creates your reality. Your words are creative, and are the building blocks of your world. Never say anything against what you desire, rather speak with boldness in creating what you desire. It may appear as if nothing is changing, but rest assured that in due season your words will indeed become your reality.
4. There’s a God who desires good for you. One of my favorites Scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”” Inspiring? That’s pretty self explanatory, be consistent in your faith and thanksgiving towards God. On the basis of that Scripture, you can ask in prayer concerning what you desire.