Updated: Mar 12
One of the critical components of success is perseverance. Without an ability to keep moving forward when faced with challenges and setbacks, you can't expect to find success as an entrepreneur. Perseverance is what allows you to overcome difficulties and failures and can make all the difference in the world on your entrepreneurial journey. As with any of the other entrepreneurial traits, you can build your perseverance with practice. Here are three steps to help develop your perseverance and put you on the right path to success.
1. Spend 10-Minutes Practicing
You can start building your perseverance by practicing on smaller projects that you want to get done. Pick a task that you think you can finish in a couple of weeks, then commit to not quitting until you've completed the project, even if you can only invest 10 minutes a day for working on the task. You can let yourself off the hook for a day but must start on it again the next day. Just 10 minutes a day will keep you moving forward in accomplishing your goals.
2. Develop Your Dream
Before you start working on your projects and goals, take some time to imagine how you will feel as you work on it and when you’ve completed it. Imagine yourself being engaged in the process and feel the fulfillment, harmony, and pride that comes with accomplishing your goal. Visualize the stages of the work and what it will look like when it's completed. Set aside some time to imagine the broad sense of feelings associated with the project from start to completion.
3. Cultivate Your Optimism
Research has found that the difference between people who give up when faced with challenges and difficulties and those who keep moving forward despite setbacks is how they think about good and adverse events. When you have an optimistic outlook on life, you see adverse events as temporary. Those who are pessimists, on the other hand, see adverse events as being set in stone and affecting every aspect of their life. The key to building perseverance is to listen to your self-talk and work at moving it to a more optimistic view.
Following these steps will help you to build your perseverance. It is what keeps you moving forward no matter what challenges you face, and is a key aspect of success.