Are You Persistent?

Never Give UpIn his timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill addresses the importance of persistence. He shares a list of weaknesses shared, in whole or in part, by those suffering from a lack of persistence:

  1. Failure to recognize and to clearly define exactly what one wants.

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

  3. Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge.

  4. Indecision, the habit of ‘passing the buck’ on all occasions, instead of facing issues squarely.

  5. The habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating definite plans for the solution of problems.

  6. Self-satisfaction.  There is but little remedy for this affliction, and no hope for those who suffer from it.

  7. Indifference, usually reflected in one’s readiness to compromise on all occasions, rather than meet opposition and fight it.

  8. The habit of blaming others for one’s mistakes, and accepting unfavorable circumstances as being unavoidable.

  9. Weakness of desire, due to neglect in the choice of motives that impel action.

  10. Willingness, even eagerness, to quit at the first sign of defeat.

  11. Lack of organized plans, placed in writing where they may be analyzed.

  12. The habit of neglecting to move on ideas, or to grasp opportunity when it presents itself.

  13. Wishing instead of willing.

  14. The habit of compromising with poverty instead of aiming at riches.  General absence of ambition to be, to do, and to own.

  15. Searching for all the short-cuts to riches, trying to get without giving a fair equivalent, usually reflected in the habit of gambling, endeavoring to drive ‘sharp’ bargains.

  16. Fear of criticism, failure to create plans and to put them into action, because of what other people will think, do, or say.

As you reviewed this list, did any of these items hit a bit too close to home?  My intent is not to intentionally step on toes but instead highlight where we all struggle at times – in one way or another – with persistency.  This list helps me identify areas for improvement in my own life, so I hope it does the same for you.

Of all the things that I do to stay persistently committed to my success, I find the following the most important:

  • Have big, hairy, audacious goals.  I have created a list of goals that are well beyond anything I ever dreamed possible.  Best of all, I’m on track to make them happen.
  • Write your goals down on paper every single day.  Every morning, the first thing I do is write out every single one of my goals and I write them in the present tense — as if I’ve already achieved each one.
  • Create an action plan for each day.  I write my goals down in a leather journal on the left side and on the right hand page I write up my daily Battle Plan.  This includes the items on my calendar as well as the specific actions I need to take that day to accomplish movement towards my goals.
  • Create a daily power schedule.  I’ve created a Power Schedule that keeps me on track with all the key things that I need to be focused on each and every day that will drive more business.  If you would like to receive a sample, please email me at

Persistence is the key to achieving a successful career as well as a successful life.  Give careful consideration to ways you can improve in your persistence and you will reap great rewards!

Go big or go home!

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