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5 Habits of Persistent People

When you look at almost all of the mentally strong people you can find around you, you’ll notice they’ve always been persistent in what they do.

Let’s look at Sir Richard Branson the owner of Virgin. He expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a very young age for a magazine called Student. He did quite a few ventures and was vey persistent in the development and creation of the Virgin Media Group.

He was involved in quite a few failed businesses such as the Virgin Cars, Virgin Cola, Virgin Brides, Virgin Clothing and Virgin Publishing. These failures never stop him. I love this quote by Branson ‘I suppose the secret to bouncing back is not only to be unafraid of failures but to use them as motivational and learning tools…There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes as long as you don’t make the same ones over and over again’.

You can see Branson is not just a prominent global figure but he is also a very persistent businessman though I think he should pay his workers during this crisis and not ask them to take unpaid leave.

One crucial thing about persistence is that it makes you achieve long term goals with no motivation. What keeps you going is the hope that you will eventually succeed someday. That drive for success makes you to keep overcoming obstacles and challenges.

For the post today I will be sharing with you some habits of persistent and mentally strong people. You are welcome to add yours in the comments section below.

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1. They have passion for what they do

This is one of the greatest habits of persistent people – they are passionate about what they do. When you are passionate about something, the chances are very high that you’re persistent towards achieving it. What makes me to be persistent in blogging is my passion for sharing with others solutions that can help them. I spend a lot of time reading and doing research to get these solutions. Why should I keep them all to myself when I can share with others? This is what drives me to put down these little bits of advise and experience with you.

I don’t want to give myself as an example because to me, I am still to succeed in achieving my goals. However, we live with people who faced a lot of setbacks but due to their determination and persistence, they fought their way to success. We have them in their numbers – from athletes, artists to business owners.

2. That burning desire to achieve

Persistent people are success-driven – they always want to achieve their goals. They don’t make excuses or look for another way out. To succeed, you must be ready to walk the bumpy roads. Only that powerful desire can make you take that path where you would meet failures repeatedly, yet continue. If you have that desire to succeed, you will always look for a solution to obstacles and challenges. If don’t have, you will find an excuse to abandon it.

3. They easily adjust and adapt to changes

When you plan to achieve a long term goal, be ready for violent changes. They could be political, social or economic – one thing is sure, it will affect you. One of such habits of persistent people is the ability to easily adjust and adapt their plans. when they discover their plans are not working, they don’t insist. They rather look for a better way that will increase their chances of success.

4. They keep a positive mental attitude

One crucial habit of persistent and mentally strong people is to keep a positive mental attitude even when everything around them is falling apart. They set healthy boundaries and don’t stop in the face of rejection. Getting a ‘no’ doesn’t mean that’s the end of the world. They move on quickly and look for the next opportunity to learn and grow.

5. They give no room for procrastination

Persistent people know procrastination is the killer to their dreams hence they set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) goals and give very little or no room for excuses. They push themselves everyday to get out of their comfort zone.

Conclusively, persistent and mentally strong people do not stop in the face of adversity but rather use it as a propelling force to achieve their next goal. They don’t get upset and say ‘why is this happening to me?’ but rather pause and reflect on ‘what is this trying to teach me?’. What lessons are here for me to learn etc

Thanks for reading and hope this post was useful to you. Do join in the conversations on the comments section below.

Yvette Mayemelle Kaba
Yvette Mayemelle Kaba
Founder of UIC | Wife | Mum of Two | Inspirational Writer | Mentor | Aspiring Entrepreneur

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