Definitions: to persist – to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty; persistent – incessantly repeated, unrelenting.
Persistence can be said to be a habit and it is an unusual one because it requires the existence of other habits to focus upon. It is central to success and since the mind attracts what the mind dwells upon (Law of Attraction), unless we formally establish what we want the mind to dwell upon persistence will work on whatever blueprint happens to be in our subconscious.
Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, gives us four principal habits and advises persistence in pursing them:
- Always have a definite major purpose
- Develop a positive mental attitude
- Always have a written plan of action
- Establish a Mastermind Alliance with others with whom you share a common purpose
“Cool Running”, a film based on the true story of a Jamaican bobsled team starring John Candy as their Coach, provides a great illustration of the habit of persistence and how it is central to the four principal habits essential for success. For a synopsis of the lessons that can be learned from “Cool Running”, go to Lessons from “Cool Running”.
Again from Napoleon Hill, this time from The Science of Personal Achievement:
“Any dominating idea, plan or purpose held in the mind through repetition of thought which is emotionalised by persistent desire for its realisation, is taken over by the subconscious and acted upon through whatever natural and logical means that may be available”.