How to Train an Ironclad Perseverance?
Every Trait Can Be Trained Including Persistence
How does ‘training’ connote in your mind? Does it sound like something cool? Motivating? Making you ecstatic?
Or does it connote more to the routine, boredom, and long hours of work?
Do you think that top NBA, NFL or NHL players attend training only when they are motivated? Or when they attend they sit on a bench and wait for the surge of enthusiasm?
Do you think the Olympic champions sit and wait for the stir of motivation to go on track or a swimming pool and train for hours?
The answer is obvious; they don’t. They train whether they feel like it or not. That’s their default state of mind. Something really wrong must happen for them not to train.
There are a few aspects of perseverance training.
The First and Most Effective Is Habit Mastery
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Rohn
If you want to continue something, you need to start it with a habit framework in mind.
I know myself and how hectic my life can get with my multitude of different obligations.
If I cannot work on something daily, I don’t start it at all. Any additional less-than-daily obligation would only add to the confusion in my life. I would have had to remember this activity, I would have invariably failed, got angry on me and tried to fix what I broke.
I don’t need that mess. I need a new habit if I want to start something new. I’m terrible at project management, but I’m very good at doing and tracking daily commitments.
Get educated about habits: how are they constructed, how to develop a new habit, how to come up with a reliable trigger, how to fit it into your daily schedule.
Motivation Has Its Place
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
Every single day, I dedicate about an hour for my morning ritual, and a big part of it is designed to keep in my mind what’s important for me, why I hustle so much, and why I live.
I repeat my personal mission statement, I look at my vision board, and I read several random quotes from the documents and books that shaped my personal philosophy. I pray and journal. I set a few main priorities for a given day.
This is my preparatory ritual for each day. It maintains my motivation. It turns a feeble motivation into a powerful reason that keeps me going.
I don’t wait for motivation to come. I work on my motivation every day for about an hour. That’s how I’m able to write 1,000 words, exercise, study the Bible, keep my journals, read, meditate, and check on my coaching clients every single day never missing a beat.
The last aspect is mental.
You must value perseverance to train it. So many people think that perseverance is something nice to have, a beautiful appendix to a successful life.
I’m convinced that it is the prerequisite to success. Like I explained above, the first thing I’m concerned about with a new project is sustainability. If I cannot break it down into daily pieces, I don’t think I can keep with it. Sooner or later, it will slip from my mind or urgent tasks will force me to move this ‘occasional’ task for tomorrow… and again and again.
I stopped caring about my results, I only care about consistency. I know that if I show up consistently, the results will come.
I’ve painstakingly built this philosophy. Part of my morning ritual serves to refresh the importance of perseverance in my mind.
I worked on developing this philosophy; it wasn’t a case of one-time enlightenment.
I wrote a whole book about it, but here’s the closest tip to a shortcut I can give you: spend more time with people who value perseverance. You will absorb their attitude by social osmosis. It is how we are wired.
That’s How You Train Perseverance
Think habits first. Cultivate your motivation on a daily basis. Learn how to value perseverance highly.
Some additional thoughts on my blog:
My 4 Pillars to Staying Consistent
Originally published at www.quora.com.