It’s True! Persistence Leads to Success

This post starts with a quote from Calvin Coolidge. He certainly believed that persistence leads to success. Here is his quote:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.

Persistence Guarantees That Results Are Inevitable

(Quote from Paramahanse Yoganda)

Persistence is defined as firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition (Merriam-Webster)

Persistence is ongoing. The persistent person does not quit. With such an attitude, eventually something will change. Hold in your mind what you want and expect to get it. This is called focus. Believe you can achieve it; do not let circumstances pull you back. Put out good energy and you will draw more of the same to you.

Ambition Is The Path to Success. Persistence Is The Vehicle You Arrive In.

One of the most important steps toward developing persistence is to know what you want. If your motive is strong enough, you can surmount many difficulties.

Make a plan to move you in the direction of your goal. Believe in your ability to carry out what you have visualized. This belief will make it easier to follow The habit of persistence is the habit of victoryyour plan to completion.

State the results you want. Based on your experience and observation, map out the steps to reaching your goal. Knowing your plan is sound will encourage persistence. Build a habit of concentrating your thoughts upon your plan. This focus on a definite purpose leads to persistence.

Make sure you include ways to help others, giving support to fellow travelers on the road to success. Offer sympathy, understanding, and harmonious cooperation. These will tend to help you build persistence.

A River Cuts Through Rock Not By Power But By Persistence

Be like the river — never stop moving in the direction of your goal.

To continue indefinitely with persistence, you develop it into a habit. You must have a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.

Write down your plan. Make sure your plan is written in a way that allows you to move on it immediately. It becomes a definite path through resistance that you can express in continuous action.

Close your mind totally against all negative and discouraging influences. Do not let negative suggestions from your relatives, friends, and acquaintances sway you from your path. Be like the river, flowing, continuous, until you cut through the rock of disbelief and look on success.

If you can, form a mastermind group with a handful of like-minded people. With them, you can find ways to help get past any roadblocks you may encounter.

It Does Not Matter How Slowly You Go As Long As You Do Not Stop

Move slowly if you must. Just remember that the more times you move toward you goal, the sooner you will get there. Always look and move toward what you want. Look for everything in your life to move you in the direction of your goal.

You can check your progress by looking at where you are in the presentDon't be discouraged ... moment. What you are living now is what you have been thinking about. Choose your thoughts and also choose your actions.

My cat can give you an excellent example of how persistence works. In the morning, he gets up and does his morning routine — uses the litter box; drinks some water; checks out what is happening outside the window. Then he is ready for breakfast.

In order to get breakfast, he first has to get me out of bed. Sometimes he faces a daunting task. However, he chooses actions that he thinks will lead to success. If he tries something and it doesn’t work, he tries something else.

Eventually he is successful. After all, he only has to harass me until he gets me out of bed. Once I am up and moving around, he is much closer to his goal. Now, his technique changes to a constant meowing to remind me that he needs to eat! He always reaches that goal. I always feed him. His persistence brings success.

As long as you move forward, your speed does not matter. On the journey, you will have small successes as you progress. These will help inspire you to continue. Positive victories do a great deal to move you in the right direction. When the cat got me up, he knew the larger victory of a meal was on its way.

Though you move slowly, make sure each step is in a positive direction. This positive progress will help a great deal to bring your success.

Persistence Can Grind An Iron Beam Down To A Needle

(Chinese proverb)

Don’t get caught in the negative trap of thinking that what you want is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can find a way. Perhaps your goal involves reducing a mountain of obstacles into a small hill of success. Keep that grinder humming! Every small bit you grind off your mountain of obstacles is one less thing stopping you from succeeding.

I sometimes feel the newspapers are very bad for us because they are always full of bad news and negativity. I think songwriter John Prine made a good suggestion when he said we should blow up the TV and throw away the newspapers. Perhaps we would be less apt to get caught in the negativity trap if we do so.

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The habit of helping others to help themselves should be automatic. The more we give, the more we make room to receive. By law, you will get back many times what you put out.

If you develop the habit of laughing at petty misfortunes, you will find this habit will help you avoid the pit of negativity. Keep your mind focused on higher concerns, not on the small things that try to trip you up.

Persistence Can Change Failure into Extraordinary Achievement

Persistence makes all the difference between success and failure. If you keep at it, every obstacle must give way.

See adversity as a valuable lesson. Life offers hazards; they test our will. That is how we grow. When you see yourself as your own master and carry your vision into action, you use the supreme secret to success.

Think of the Golden Rule this way: Help others as you would wish them to help you, if your positions were reversed. Develop ways to get what you want without hurting others.

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance h, but by perseverance

Faith is the attitude that will help keep you on the success trail. Faith is the ability to see the invisible, believe in the incredible, and receive the impossible. Thus we set up an attitude for success.

I found this quote written in one of my notebooks. I don’t know who wrote it. However, it is worth repeating:

  • Live our lives as if today were the last day
  • Plan our lives as if they would last forever

Never give up! If you truly want something, persist until you get it. The habit of persistence is insurance against failure.

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15 thoughts on “It’s True! Persistence Leads to Success”

  1. This was very interesting to read.   Persistence is definitely the way to go forward in life.  

    I told some doctors I would consistently be persistent in becoming medication free.  I told them politely and they realised I was serious.  Just like your cat, not taking “No” for an answer.  

    I have had to learn to be persistent.  When younger, I thought things would fall into my lap.  Then I noticed a few of my friends who demonstrated persistency in their lives. They always came out on top. This inspired me and I decided to use the same tactic in affiliate marketing.  

    Persistence works!

    • Stella, I do believe you learned a good lesson when you discovered the benefits of being persistent.  If you want to move forward, you have to believe in yourself and push forward until you reach your goal.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi Fran

    I just finished reading your post, It’s True! Persistence Leads to Success. I really enjoyed your post. I also like your menu headings.

    I see you believe like I believe in order to succeed at anything you have to get the mind right.

    I knew the quote by Calvin Coolidge, so true, still is one of my favorites.

    That website picture at the top of your site is crisp! Did you take that picture?

    And your banners I liked them. Did you create those.

    Fran you have the kind of site that will get you going again when you’re feeling a little low.

    I’m impressed with your work.


  3. I like the 1st quotes, sounds like even we achieve our goal and we are about to succeed, we always run in rough road. At the end the Goal is to be successful. I like all the quotes its inspirational and your website is the path way to became Successful.. Thank you sharing this to US.

  4. Glad you liked the quotes.  Actually, the sub-headings for that article are also all quotes. There were so many good ones that I wanted to use as many as I could. 

    Rough roads are part of the challenge.  If everything led smoothly and swiftly to our goal, there’d be so many people at the finish line we’d be overrun!  As it is, if we just utilize that persistence and stay in the race, eventually we will win.

  5. Calvin Coolidge’s quote reminds me a lot of the movie, “The Founder,” during the time the actor was listening to an audio tape that also mentioned the world is “filled with educated fools.” Pretty powerful stuff. I agree with stating the results you want, and would go further to materialize/operationalize those thoughts. Nothing is better than seeing it every day as a future goal. I also am familiar with a cat’s persistence – they will never stop until they get what they want! 

    Thanks for an inspiring article to keep the creative juices and hustle going!

    • Well, if it keeps the creative juices going, that is a good thing.  

      Cats are the ideal teacher if you want to learn persistence.  That, too, is a good thing.

      Glad you found the article inspiring.

  6. Hello Fran! What an inspiring post. And I like your quotes. Persistence is so important. We’ll succeed in business if we don’t stop making progress. It just works out that way. So I’d like to highlight one of your quotes: “A River Cuts Through Rock Not By Power But By Persistence”. Thank you very much!

    • Thanks for your comment.  I, too, like the quotes…and it was fun putting them together in Canva.  Yes, persistence is so vital to our success.  We have to keep trying and eventually we will succeed.

  7. This is an article that anyone looking to get out of a perpetual state of negativity needs to read, especially if they want more in life. I believe the biggest and most negative obstacle is fear, because fear will motivate us to turn away from what we want, perhaps due to uncertainty, or if we fear failure, if we don’t try to get what we want, we can’t fail. That’s the mentality. Fear keeps us from going out into the open, from leaving our comfort zone in pursuit of our goals and ambitions. Fear keeps us grounded. It also allows us to believe we’re in control.

    But what we don’t realize is that we’re not in control. Fear is in control and it’s controlling us. It’s the one obstacle stopping us more than anything else. If we can face and conquer our fears, persistence to success is a much easier and at times enjoyable path. And we’re all capable of conquering fear. Be persistent and the best things will come.

    • Hi, Todd!  You have certainly made a good point.  Fear will block everything, including persistence.  We do have to overcome that fear, or we will be immobilized.  We need to push boundaries.  We really don’t know what we can do until we try.  Once we try, we can use persistence to keep us moving forward.

  8. I really do love reading inspirational quotes, I like the one at the top of the post “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over, if you just sit there”, in fact, I’m very pleased that I came across your website and read this post, because I have to admit it has made me realize that I am not persistent enough, after reading this I’m going to make an effort to be more productive and persistent, thank you for sharing this interesting and informative post Fran.

    • You are so welcome, Russ.  You are correct.  Developing the habit of persistence will help your business a great deal as you move forward.  It’s a major key to your success.


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