PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.
Willpower is a noun – a word introduced in the 1860s or so and means the ability to control your own thoughts and the way in which you behave.
“Stand like a beaten anvil. It is the part of a good athlete to be bruised and to prevail.” - Ignatius of Antioch
Self-discipline is the companion of willpower. It gives you the stamina to persevere through whatever you encounter. It gives you the strength to withstand hardships and difficulties, whether physical, emotional or mental. Self-discipline enables you to reject immediate satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, to gain something better. However, you must recognize that it will always require great effort and time.
As a group of frogs were traveling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs crowded around the pit and saw how deep it was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them. However, the two frogs decided to ignore what the others were saying and they proceeded to try and jump out of the pit. Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit continued to say that they should just give up. The group of frogs thought they would never make it out. Eventually, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and he gave up, falling down to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?!” The frog explained to them that he was hard of hearing. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
The story of the frogs illustrates so many things. One of those things I can’t help but see in it is persistence. It’s important to shut out the voices of the nay-sayers. It’s when we listen to the negativity of others, embrace that, we embrace failure. The frog that was deaf, he jumped out due to persistence, because he didn’t give it, and he took what others were saying in a positive way.
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.
I like the statement “There is no substitute for persistence” – it’s a constant reminder that there is just no “Get Rich in 30 Minutes” by just counting pickles in a jar or whatever ridiculous thing people claim. Even investments, such as index funds, gold, silver, etc, take time. Get a desire, cultivate some faith, through auto-suggestion (self-talk), gain some essential and specialized knowledge, imagine it, embrace it the visions within your mind, develop a plan and get it organized, make some key decisions and stick to them in an unwavering fashion, and maintain persistence with those decisions with an almost unbreakable willpower, connect with people who are likeminded, who encourage you on your goal and give you strength, transmute your energy to your purpose and let it drive you further, train your subconscious mind and get your brain 110% on your side, and also gather the 6th sense to your aid. There is no substitute for this type of success. “EVERY FAILURE BRINGS WITH IT THE SEED OF AN EQUIVALENT ADVANTAGE.” As I see it… every failure simply shows you were you need to improve to gain that success. It’s a valuable lesson in training. As the scriptures state, everyone undergoes training to become better. One thing we all know, if one does not possess PERSISTENCE, one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling. I think of sports in this. The book talks about Broadway. I relate more to sports, as I had been heavily involved in sports, baseball in particular. I was so good at baseball, I had a blog on the internet that I maintained for many years. I was referred to as “the Weatherman” and I predicted baseball scores. I would see what games haven’t played and I would look over the data and based on the data, I would predict the score of the game. It’s a technique referred to as “Data Analysis” and I was really good at it. They came out with a movie called Moneyball based on the concept, however, I haven’t ever watched the movie and didn’t even hear about it until after I had stopped doing the blog. Anyway, I bring this up simply to state, that players are persistent on their skill, out to make themselves the best are the ones who make in the MLB. Just like Michael Phelps and his three full workouts a day gained him more Olympic medals than anyone else, Michael Jordan and his dedication to becoming a great basketball player, the players who don’t take breaks, who continue their work ethic during the off season, those are the players who make the all-star game, make the hall-of-fame, the days of “phoning it in” on professional sports, those days are over. We can’t have the “phoning it in” mentality when it comes to success. There has to be persistence and that’s what reinforces faith.
P.S. Thanks to everyone, Bob, Michael, Nathan, Taquittee, Nick, Rick, Marty, Loray, Lawrence, and everyone else who participates in this mastermind. With your help, I grow in the right direction. I will mess up from time to time, and I will even stumble. People will think I'm such a mess, like I'm a box of cereal scattered all over the floor. I thank you all for being here in this journey as I work to clean up this mess.