This week we’re discussing the P in our COMPASS model: Persistence. Let’s first define it: persistence is the quality of continuing steadily despite problems or difficulties. Synonyms for persistence include perseverance, determination, doggedness, diligence.
It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success.
Would you consider persistence to be one of the qualities you exhibit? Would those you work with agree with your answer? Why do you think persistence leads to success?
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#6 in PeopleTek’s COMPASS Series: Persistence
Persistence is a behavior exhibited by owners and effective and successful leaders!
How often have you worked on a project, task force, or making a goal a reality, where all objectives were achieved with absolutely no difficulties or problems?
Even the simplest objective may encounter problems and barriers. Expect and plan for obstacles and don’t give up at the first sign of difficulty. It’s important to maintain your focus and be purposeful in your efforts. Accept that not everything goes as planned!
Abraham Lincoln is the ultimate example of being persistent before achieving success:
|YEAR||FAILURES or SETBACKS|
Defeated for state legislature
|1833||Failed in business|
|1836||Had nervous breakdown|
|1838||Defeated for Speaker|
|1843||Defeated for nomination for Congress|
|1849||Rejected for land officer|
|1854||Defeated for U.S. Senate|
|1856||Defeated for nomination for Vice President|
|1858||Again defeated for U.S. Senate|
|1860||ELECTED U.S. PRESIDENT!|
That’s quite a timeline! Lincoln could have easily given up and not pursued his dreams and goals. Instead, he relentlessly overcame obstacles, objections, and the disdain of many peers. Bottom line: he never gave up and to this day is one of the most respected leaders in the world.
The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
–Sven Goran Eriksson
When a problem, obstacle, or difficulty is encountered, brainstorm possible alternatives; ask “what could have been done differently?” How accepting are you of input provided by others? Are you willing to help others identify possible solutions when they encounter roadblocks?
Effective leaders need to demonstrate competence in a number of key areas. Developing these abilities — and acting in accordance with them – requires focus, tenacity, and persistence! That’s why effective leaders never give up or give in when the going gets tough — as it often does. Click here to read more.
- The Power Of Persistence, Justin Sachs
- Nelson Mandela: A Life Of Persistence, Jennifer Boothroyd
Successful leaders are clear about what they want to achieve and persist until desired results are attained. Are you persistent about obtaining your goals and dreams?