Rick Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA
PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
I had a little aha moment as I stared at the title this morning. I asked myself just what is sustanined? So I clicked on the word and here is what the dictionary said. Continuing for an extended period or without interruption The thesaurus says continuous, ongoing, steady, constant, prolonged, persistent, NONSTOP, perpetual, relentless, never ending, unceasing and around the clock…Wow! Am I all that? Afraid not but I need to be.
Maybe that’s why Hill tells us “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.” He also tells us that the MIND WHICH IS NOT OCCUPIED WITH THE MONEY CONSCIOUSNESS will be seized with POVERTY CONSCIOUSNESS. I think that occupied would be the same as all those definitions in the first paragraph.
The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.
Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair Hill says. and later on he defines will power as the habit of concentrating one’s thoughts upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definite purpose. There is that CONCENTRATION word again! Earlier in the book he told us we should be practicing that habit for 30 minutes a day.
I love the comparison he makes about using persistence on overcoming our mental inertia to snapping out of a nightmare. There are several key points that Hill makes about persistence
1. Without PERSISTENCE, you will be defeated, even before you start. With PERSISTENCE you will win.
2.THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSISTENCE! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality!
3.Those who have cultivated the HABIT of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure
4. If one does not possess PERSISTENCE, one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling.
5. Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivated.
I think the greatest obstacle to persistence is fear. Hill says that “fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage. Everyone who has seen active service in war knows this.” Harv Eker says “face the fear and do it anyway.” There are so many fears in so many of us. Eker tells us that the definition of fear is THE ANTICIPATION OF PAIN. I have to always ask myself, which kind of pain is worse, temporary failure or not having the abundant life that I want to live.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Linda and Michael for demonstrating the perfect example of what you can have by persistence. I had a real aha moment this morning and had to do a little edit...I have been reading and trying to study the John Maxwell leadership bible since when the number 1 leader in our company recommended it. I am surely not trying to preach at anyone as I consider myself like Paul, the chief sinner and not a great Christian most times, just learning as Jim Rohn might say. I am comparing these leadership principals to everyday life and business and finding they are the same. I know some, probably the most come to MFF to learn how to get more leads or some way to grow their business faster but I have learned that I really can’t grow mine any faster than I grow myself. Most leaders only want the ones in their business that produce the results the fastest and only work with the ones that are getting those results. They don’t have the time to make leaders and I understand that. Many programs out there that can teach you ways to get leads and whatever but very few that have the PERSISTENCE to spend three years with someone to help them become a leader…And not ask for any compensation. And this morning I just had a strong urge to share what I was reading in the introduction to Acts. So here goes and thanks again to Michael for being PERSISTENT in helping a slow green become a leader!
Followers of Jesus Transition into Leaders (I would say the same is true of any real leader)
Acts is a book of action! Notice, it’s called “Acts,” not “Reacts.” It is about the initiative and action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of disciples who formerly were cowardly, unsure, and ignorant. ( I was all three of those )Those men, who had learned to follow Jesus for three years, were now learning to lead! I have been following Michael for about that long and just beginning to be that leader.
When the church adds more leaders, it adds more followers. ( couldn’t we say the same about adding leaders to our network marketing business?)
There is no success without sacrifice.
Leaders break down barriers and connect the familiar to the unfamiliar.
Momentum comes as a result of unity.
Leaders start to thrive when they don’t have to survive.
Thanks to all my friends and mastermind partners for your brillance as we all grow together!