Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Johnny Ray Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines

Posted: 2018-08-24

Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you are asleep. Spasmodic or occasional effort to apply the rules will be of no value to you. To get results, you must apply all of the rules until their application becomes a fixed habit with you. In no other way can you develop the necessary “money consciousness.”

Persistence is defined as “a firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” I see it as consistent, unwavering, expected daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

Charles Duhigg has a book called “The Power of Habit” and it’s fascinating to look at and use to evaluate yourself. He’s won a Pulitzer prize for his work and something he did was combine the data from all the studies ever done to discover that neuro pathways are hard wired for habits. And so when someone who has lost portions of their brain, in many cases, habits still repeat simply do to the existing neuro pathways already in existence. Rewiring the brain, it’s actually not a difficult process, just persistence and commitment to the designed plan. What’s also pretty cool is that in the new process, the old neuro pathway dies out in the creation of the new pathway we are creating. The 21/90 rule isn’t terribly accurate if my memory is correct, it’s more like 40/90, however, the numbers varies all over the place. Anywhere from 18 days to 254 days to change a habit, with the common answer being 21/90 (21 days to change and 90 days for it be a thoughtless behavior). Either way, 90 days is pretty consistent everywhere across the board, so maybe that should be thte goal?

“THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSISTENCE! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow. Those who have cultivated the HABIT of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up toward the top of the ladder.”

Persistence has to be so strong, it’s mistaken as being stubborn. And as being as the bible refers to as “stiff-necked”.

We have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)

The only way perseverance can exist is by persistence. In trying to cut corners, it that cuts our throats. So persistence is essential. It produces character, and that character is where strength and hope exist. That’s what disciplined habits are all about.

I like to have exercises that I can share with the group that help develop the end goal. So I asked the question: if one or most or all of us struggle of fail at persistence, what tool can we turn to in order to create the desired change in which we seek. I think we already have these tools introduced in various places throughout the book, however, if definitely helps in identifying it here. It’s the projected result of the goal, as we as the why? Why be persistent? In my case, I burned the ships. I want to see my kids and not in some defeated form. So I must envision the form, project myself into the future seeing them as the success that I am, being able to provide for them, and for others that I love, but especially them. So, my visual image has to be that guy, dressed in a nice suit, greeting them and hugging them. That’s a great exercise.

I definitely have some areas to grow from viewing this lesson, and grow I must. I have a couple of hugs I intend to be giving out soon.

Johnny Ray
Laguna, Philippines