Greg Toews Linden, Alberta, Canada
Lesson 9 PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
What are your first thoughts when you read the title? Persistence. Being persistent. Are salesmen always persistent? What about bosses, or our parents? Is it something to do with those in authority? These are just a couple thoughts before I read the lesson.
A definition I found: the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed.
And a definition for persist: to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.
Wow, who in Network Marketing doesn't get opposition? How do we fare after getting opposition or feeling failure for the first time, or time and time again? Do we persistently give up, or do we have the persistence to get up and try again? Hill says the lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure. FAILURE? Nasty word!! So the opposite of failure is persistence. I encourage all to KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON! Check our INTENSITY OF DESIRE levels!
In the 16 Symptoms of Lack of Persistence, #1 (Failure to recognize and to clearly define exactly what one wants.) and
#11 (Lack of ORGANIZED PLANS, placed in writing where they may be analyzed) stood out the most. This is why I'm thankful to have found MFF, and i know that by staying connected with this powerful MASTERMIND group, I will find the answers I am looking for.
JUST now a friend text me. I think it fits right in here! It says:
Experience is not what happens to you. It is how you deal with what happens. Sometimes in life you have to make decisions that are best for you and not for everyone. Some people will hate you just because your strength reminds them of their weakness but, don't let their hate slow you down. Your decision of moving on and away from people who don't appreciate you and to know what God has in store for you should be your top priority. After all you can't shack up with the devil and expect God to pay the rent.....
And that takes daily PERSISTENCE to not let the nay sayers get you down! And may our DESIRE be great enough, that any fear of CRITICISM will be left screaming in pain.
As one makes an impartial study of the prophets, philosophers, “miracle” men, and religious leaders of the past, one is drawn to the inevitable conclusion that PERSISTENCE, concentration of effort, and DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, were the major sources of their achievements.
That wraps the lesson up well.