Nathan Grimes Lubbock, TX, USA
CHAPTER 9 PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED
EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
I grew up in Tennessee and spent a lot of my time outdoors. The summers,
when not working in the fields I would be found at my best friend’s pond fishing
or swimming. In the winter we would be at the pond this time hoping it would be
frozen enough to skate. I can still hear the warnings from our parents of the dangers
in pond. We were warned in the summer of the snakes or snapping turtles. In the
winter we did get the freezing temperatures, but not always hard enough for the pond
to freeze deep enough, so the warning was to stay off the pond. But did I always listen? NO.
Mr. Hill called our focus this week to PERSISTENCE. He wrote, “PERSISTENCE is
an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent.
The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.”
When desire and persistence are properly mixed, any objective can be obtained. One
of the major causes of failure is the lack of persistence. The starting point of all achievement
is desire. When desire and persistence are weak Mr. Hill said the remedy is to build a stronger
fire under your desire. I know now when my persistence is weak to call upon this MasterMind
group at MFF and it will be strengthened.
“If you select your “Master Mind” group with care, you will have in it, at least one person who
will aid you in the development of PERSISTENCE. Those who have cultivated the HABIT of
persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure.”
I will stand on the soundness of persistence having the definiteness of purpose and plans,
nurtured with desire and self-reliance, built on accurate knowledge and co-operation, and
making it a habit of will-power.
The warnings of when persistence is lacking are:
1. Failure to recognize and to clearly define exactly what one wants.
2. Procrastination, with or without cause.
3. Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge.
4. Indecision, the habit of “passing the buck” on all occasions
5. The habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating definite plans
7. Indifference, a readiness to compromise
8. The habit of blaming others for one’s mistakes
9. Weakness of desire
10. Willingness, even eagerness, to quit at the first sign of defeat.
11. Lack of organized plans
12. The habit of neglecting to move on ideas,
13. Wishing instead of willing.
14. The habit of compromising with poverty
15. Searching for all the short-cuts to riches
16. Fear of criticism
Will I heed these warnings? “YES!” I ask all the MFF family to remind me of these
on every call, to continually to be developing persistence and to follow the four simple
steps formulas: Definite Purpose Plus Burning Desire; Definite plan multiplied by
Continuous Action; A Closed Mind minus Negative Discouraging Influence; A Friendly
Alliance with those who will encourage.
These are all the qualities that I have found here at MFF. As always my thanks to all of you.
Lubbock, TX USA
PS: A valuable formula for successful living is the Eight-P-Plan: Plan purposefully. Prepare
prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently. William A. Ward