Focus + Perseverance = Success. Being able to focus on what it is you believe in or have a passion for is extremely important, and having the energy and fortitude to pursue that passion under all circumstance no matter how overwhelming or daunting, are the 2 most common qualities that make successful people SUCCESSFUL. There are other qualities also-flexibility, rule breaking, confidence, setting goals, being able to fail, being able to take criticism, optimism, wanting to improve things, and enjoying challenges, but all these qualities while excellent condiments, won’t go far without focusing on what it you really want and continuing that desire to persevere “come hell or high water”.
What you focus on is what you get. When you focus on all the qualities of success, you attract them to you. The more you do actions that lead to success, the more success you experience. The success of anything you do begins with your focus. When you bring all your thoughts together for the accomplishment of one thing, then those thoughts will attract more thoughts towards that same thing. Successful people have this ability. The more you work on it, the better you become. The lack of focusing is one of the key reasons for failure. When you are procrastinating, hesitating, or dragging your heels, it is because you are generally thinking about almost anything else other than what you should be focusing on to get what work you should be doing to achieve your success. Focusing on the problems causes lack of focus on the solution. Focusing on the negative causes lack of focus on the positives. Focusing on other things causes lack of focus on your primary thing. If you want success, if you want maximum results with faster outcome, you need to FOCUS.
If you don’t move forward, you won’t achieve success. Think of the things in your life that you’ve achieved that you may take for granted that you would not have achieved if you did not move forward…if you did not persevere. Perseverance is the other key quality to success. You can’t have success without both the focus of what it is you want and the perseverance of wanting it. You would not have started to walk were it not for perseverance. If you are driving a car today, you would not be driving it were it not for perseverance. If you have suffered any illness in your life and you are ok today, it would not be partially without perseverance. Perseverance is about putting one foot in front of the other. People who are successful today have failed many times beforehand. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star newspaper because he was told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. Abraham Lincoln tried to start up many businesses and lost several runs for public office all of which failed, before becoming the President of the United States. Oprah was fired as an evening news reporter because she couldn’t sever her emotions from her stories. Successful people take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’! They keep persevering, they keep moving along, they keep learning along the way, and their perseverance along with their focus helps them find their success!
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill
How to Build Perseverance:
There are those of us that naturally possess more perseverance than others, but it is a quality that can be strengthened. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Here are 3 helpful steps that will strengthen those “perseverance muscles”.
- Take 10-Minutes: choose something that you’d really like to do and decide you’re going to do it…THIS WEEK! Select something that you feel you’ll finish within a couple of weeks. Make a commitment to not quit until it’s finished. Try to work on this project at least 10 minutes a day. If you don’t end up working on it for a day, don’t throw in the towel on the whole project. It’s important to start again the next day. We’re talking about building perseverance. The fact is you’re capable of doing almost anything in 10 minutes if you want to…this is something you CHOOSE to do. Once you begin to get into a flow and wanting to do it, you’ll find you’ll even look forward to doing it. 🙂
- Focus on Your Success: Before choosing what it is you want to do, take the time to think about it. You should imagine how you’ll feel both when you’re working on it and after it’s completed. Really think about these things. A big part of success is imagining the outcome. This is a strengthening process. Angela Duckworth’s NY Times best selling book Grit The Power and Perseverance shows that anyone striving to succeed can learn to persevere regardless of IQ or circumstances. Remember, it’s one foot in front of the other. What is it that you want to get done?
- Raise Your Optimism: Successful people see negative events as temporary and narrowly focused. Successful people are optimistic. If they have had a bad work review, or their presentation doesn’t go well, or their job isn’t working out, or a meeting didn’t have the outcome they had thought, they’ll still feel that they have learned from those things and will do better the next time. Pessimists will see those same events as all encompassing. Optimists see good events as long lasting and affecting a wide range of the rest of their lives. Pessimists feel if there are some bad things then all things are bad-it holds them back from success. Pessimists will see a good situation as a lucky break. The key for a pessimist is to listen to what you’re telling yourself and to intentionally move towards the optimistic view of things. This view of the world may be the way you were brought up, it could be the way you were born, but it becomes a habit over time. With practice, by adopting the optimistic style of things, a pessimist learns to describe good things as permanent and common.
“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” ~Shiv Khera