Just when you think you’ve tried everything, you haven’t. When you’re convinced there’s no way you can solve your problem, reach your goal, or change your situation, you haven’t even scratched the surface. Solutions abound around you, but it’s your “perspective of possibilities” that halts you in your tracks.
Why do we give up too early? It’s because we’ve never pushed beyond our perceived limitations. I say “perceived” because most of us don’t have someone to push us beyond ourselves. Therefore, it’s left up to us, and without a particular mindset that loathes limitations, it’s too easy for us to create the reasons for why we’re settling. We remain where we are in life because we think the struggle to change, or achieve, is too great a price for us to pay.
The Power of Stubborn Persistence
Our problem is a mental one. We have the physical, intellectual, and creative power to find solutions and breakthrough to our next level, but we are imprisoned by our mindset, and a mindset is an established set of attitudes. In other words, it’s a mentality of weakness that’s cemented in the center of your mind.
The greater problem would be if you didn’t have the physical ability to change things. The greater handicap would be if your mind was actually damaged to where it could not think creatively. However, that’s not the problem. You are physically and emotionally able. You’ve just told yourself that you’re not. You may even acknowledge that you could, but you doubt your will to persist. What does it mean to persist?
Persistence: obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
I love that! Persistence is an obstinate continuance, and obstinate means a stubborn refusal to acknowledge difficulty or opposition. Can it get any better than that? Imagine living with a stubborn refusal to acknowledge any limitations for yourself, others, or circumstances? You would be unstoppable!
You’re Persistent, But It’s About the Wrong Things
Right about now, you might be thinking, “C. J., that’s all well and good, but I’m neither persistent, nor obstinate, so what’s the use?” You walked right into my trap! I’ve got news for you, hot rod: you are persistent and obstinate.
If persistence is an obstinate continuance in a course of action despite opposition, then you’re very persistent in keeping up with the present circumstances you complain about the most. In fact, you’re down right stubborn about remaining where you are. Even when someone offers you practical solutions that only require hard work, you stubbornly refuse to do them. That’s persistence!
Here you have solutions staring you in the face, yet you persist in running the same old audio recording in your head, “Yeah, but I’ve never been able to do that.” That’s being stubborn in the face of opposition. Here’s the Metal Motivator trying to convince you that you have more than enough personal power to climb out of where you are, but you see me as opposition, and stubbornly refuse in order to protect where you are.
You think that it’s easier to remain where you are, but that’s only because you’re accustomed to the smell of defeat. Just like a woman who keeps dozens of cats in her house, you’re acclimated to the aroma you’re living with.
You think it’ll hurt a lot more to be persistent about personal change, but that’s only in your mind. The only pain will be the initial shock to your system that the new disciplines will bring, but that’s no different than being sore after using new muscles. You’re addicted to your routine, but when you stand on the other side of your limitations, you’ll see just how much of a hell you’re living in right now.
Don’t Leave a Round in the Chamber
Persistence will change all that and more. The more you stay in the battle, the more you’ll learn about the world and yourself. The more you continue to plow, the more you’ll harvest solutions.
As I said at the outset, you haven’t tried everything yet to solve your issues. You haven’t given near all your effort to fix your finances, get in shape, improve your skills, or start your own business. You haven’t scratched the surface.
Your weaker self is a protectionist that’s stubbornly guarding what you think is an easier life to live with, viz. the present. That side of you is persistent in its refusal to embrace change. Only by strengthening your will to overcome can you defeat your inner resistance. Only by feeding your desire for change can you put your past to death.
Persistence refuses to consider difficulties. It treats every set back as meaningless static, and it will continue to ignore all resistance until you get what you want. Persistence is when you become something other than you are—something that never gives up; something that penetrates impossibility.
See yourself as a weapon, because life is a war. And if you don’t hit your target on the first shot, then shoot it again until you get closer to your bullseye. Too many of us step aside when we still have ammo. That’s not persistence, so to hell with that. Aim again and don’t leave a round in the chamber!