CHAPTER 9 PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
“Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an
irresistible pair. Men who accumulate great fortunes are
generally known as cold-blooded, and sometimes ruthless.
Often they are misunderstood. What they have is willpower,
which they mix with persistence, and place back of their
desires to insure the attainment of their objectives.”
Hill has placed in our hands the coin for success in life.
Like any coin we pick up there are two sides. In chapter 8
on DECISION he showed us the danger of PROCRASTINATION. On
one side of everything is the choice of deciding to put off
making decisions or taking necessary actions.
In this chapter Mr. Hill reveals the other side of the coin; PERSISTENCE. As he wrote, “PERSISTENCE is an essential factor
in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary
equivalent.” Just as procrastination is one of the 30 causes
of failure, so, too, is the lack of persistence.
Here is where I choose to focus, for I have found a weakness in
myself, of not being persistent. Today I choose to center myself
by surrounding myself with a “MASTERMIND” group and, as Hill said,
“through the cooperative efforts of the members of this group, you
can develop persistence.” I call upon this MFF family to challenge
me to walk the path of persistence. I desire to find the results in
life, family and business of which I envisioned by making persistence
a fixed habit.
I do count it a blessing that I saw the message on Facebook about a
book “Success in 10 Steps”. The green in me was very leery, for I saw
all those other ads which claimed to have the answer to success only
to run headlong into a wall to “buy my ideas and pay dearly for it.”
I downloaded the book, but did not read the first time. I received a
call asking if I had download the book, and not remembering, I told
him to send it again.
It dawned on me that “Hum, he didn’t ask for any money.” So, this time
I read the book. When in chapter 2 it said to send your “Why”, I did.
When I was told to listen to three training calls, I listened to all
the calls on the list. Now, all of this happened within a 48hour period,
and I have not looked back. I am still learning and growing. I know
that “I am receiving the abundance God has prepared for me.”
More than ever, I desire to live by the four steps which leads to the
habit of persistence: Have a definite purpose backed by burning desire;
a definite plan backed by action; a mindset closed to all negative and
discouraging influences (good-by to push ads, news media, and those
negative relatives, friends or acquaintances); and surround myself
with those who will encourage me to follow through on the first three
and follow through.
Many thanks to Michael, Linda, Bob, and everyone on MFF for your
friendship and support.