Persistence is a state of Mind

Persistence is a state of Mind

Perseverance is a state of mind, so it can be cultivated.  Like all moods, persistence is based on definite causes, among which are the following:


   Knowing what you want is the first and perhaps the most important step in developing perseverance.  A powerful motive compels you to overcome many difficulties.

   2. DESIRE.

   It is relatively easy to acquire and maintain perseverance in the pursuit of the object of intense desire.


   Believing in one's ability to carry out a plan encourages one to persevere in following the plan.  (Autonomy can be developed thanks to the principle described in the chapter on autosuggestion).


   Organized plans, though they may be weak and totally unattainable, encourage perseverance.


   Knowing that one's plans are sound, based on experience or observation, encourages perseverance;  "guessing" instead of "knowing" destroys perseverance.


   Sympathy, understanding and harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop perseverance.

   7. WILL.

   The habit of concentrating one's thoughts on making plans for the achievement of a definite goal leads to perseverance.

   8. HABIT.

   Perseverance is the direct result of habit.  The mind absorbs and becomes part of the everyday experiences it feeds on.  Fear, the worst enemy of all, can be effectively cured through forced repetition of acts of bravery.  Anyone who has actively served in the war knows this.

   Before you leave, take inventory of yourself and determine what, if anything, you lack in this essential quality.  Measure yourself boldly, point by point, and see how many of the eight persistence factors you are missing.  Analysis can lead to discoveries that will give you new control over yourself.



   Here you will find the real enemies that stand between you and a remarkable achievement. Here you will find not only the "symptoms" that indicate PERSISTENCE weakness, but also the deep subconscious causes of this weakness. Study the list carefully and face yourself IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU CAN DO. These are the weaknesses that must be mastered by all who accumulate wealth.

   1. Lack of recognition and clear and precise definition of what we want.

   2. Procrastination, with or without cause. (Usually supported by a formidable array of alibis and excuses.)

   3. Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge.

   4. Indecision, the habit of "passing the buck" all the time, instead of facing problems directly. (Alibis also supported).

   5. The habit of relying on alibis instead of creating specific plans to solve problems.

   6. Complacency. There is very little cure for this affliction, and no hope for those who suffer from it.

   7. Indifference, usually reflected in his willingness to compromise at all times, rather than meet and fight opposition.

   8. Habit of blaming others for mistakes and accepting adverse circumstances as unavoidable.

   9. WEAKNESS OF DESIRE, due to negligence in the choice of the MOTIVES which lead to action.

   10. Willingness, even desire, to give up at the first sign of defeat. (Based on one or more of the 6 basic fears).

   11. Absence of ORGANIZED PLANS, written down where they can be analyzed.

   12. The habit of neglecting the flow of ideas or seizing opportunity when it presents itself.

   13. DESIRE instead of DESIRE.

   14. The habit of engaging in POVERTY instead of striving for wealth. General lack of ambition to be, to do and to possess.

   15. Seeking all shortcuts to riches, trying to GET without GIVING a fair match, usually reflected in gambling habit, striving for "clean" offers.

   16. FEAR OF CRITICISM, fails to make plans and put them into action, because of what others will think, do or say. This enemy belongs at the top of the list, because it usually exists in his subconscious, where his presence is not recognized.


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