How to be persistent
Looking for ways to become persistent? I happen to know the best way to develop persistence in your life, and I’m willing to bet it will change your life once you understand the power it has. But, before we talk about that, let’s talk about one really important concept of becoming more persistent.
You have to become persistent to achieve the life you want, but you can’t become too strict around the ideas I’m about to share. In other words, you have to allow some room for life to happen. Life is full of unexpected circumstances and people working against you, and you have to be able to adjust sometimes to accommodate life.
Studies have shown that when you are too rigid and focused on being persistent, you are likely going to become stressed out and anxious. Everything will become a mission full of strict processes that you are unable to veer from, and you will neglect your health, relationships, and everything in your life because of that. Therefore, you need to have an easy going attitude to become more persistent and maintain a healthy attitude in the process.
The Biggest Way To Become More Persistent Is To Develop Systems
If your goals are starting to depress you because you are never able to follow through with them, then develop systems instead of goals. Goals are always in the future – far away and out of reach, so it can feel like you are failing or struggling every step of the way. But, systems are just a part of life. They are a part of your day that you can feel good about doing. At the end of the day, you can feel good about accomplishing them and rest easy knowing that all you have to do is follow the same systems again tomorrow. You don’t have to stress out about the goal, how far away it is, and how unreachable it seems to be.
In short, your systems are what you focus on, not your goals. And if the systems have been developed to help you get what you want out of life, then you will never have a goal to reach. Yes, you may reach a goal, but you will not need to stress out about reaching it and then set up a new one shortly after you reach it and start the whole process of stressing out again.
For instance, the difference between setting a goal for 160 pounds and setting up a system for living healthy are huge. When you set the goal for 160 pounds, and you are 200 pounds, you stress about where you are until you get to the actual goal. And once you get to 160 pounds, you feel empty because you no longer have a goal, so you set another goal to get down to 150 pounds, and then start the process of stressing out about where you are all over again.
With a system, you do what you need to do daily. You don’t focus on the goal, you focus on the process. And, because you are never striving towards a goal, you will find it easier to be persistent with your health and reach 160 pounds and maintain good health afterward. In the end, if the system is helping you lose weight and feel healthier, than that is all you have to focus on, not losing another 5 pounds over and over again.
What Are Systems?
Systems are made up from a set of rules or tasks that help you do what needs to be done to get you what you want. The chances are good that you already have some working systems in your life.
For instance, you might have a system on how you clean your house. You might dry and wet dust the entire house, clean the bathrooms, vacuum, and then wash the floors. Or you might have another system that works for you. No matter what it looks like, your system is what allows you to do what you need to do and make sure things get done quickly and efficiently.
If you don’t have a system, then you don’t know what to do next, and you spend more time trying to figure out where you should go rather than just doing what needs to be done. And, because no system can make things overwhelming, you are more than likely just to give up.
Systems Help You Get Things Done Quickly
Systems are great because they help you do many things quickly, which removes the need to focus on being persistent for a long time. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to some things you want to do persistently, such as eating healthier, but it does apply to a lot of things in life, such as work, cleaning, and daily tasks.
Without a system, you spend a lot of time creating, thinking, planning, and doing things that don’t matter. For instance, if you are cleaning, you may spend a half an hour deciding where to start and what cleaning supplies to use. You might waste another hour in total debating where to go next after you finish one task. You may even waste an hour trying to figure out what you’ve done because you are not following a systematic way of cleaning. And, you may waste another hour doing things in a disorganized way. After it is all said and done, you could be spending an extra 3 1/2 hours doing things that don’t really matter.
With a system, you can get things done quicker and use that 3 1/2 hours to do other things that really matter to you. The feeling of being efficient like that is what boosts your mood and your motivation to stay persistent in your day towards your health, work, relationships, and everything else.
Systems Create Persistence, Which Creates Success
Every successful business and person have systems in place to keep them persistently doing what needs to be done – even in the face of problems. They have an accounting system, a customer service system, a scheduling system, a system to get through their morning, a system to get everything done in the day, and on and on it goes.
If a company doesn’t have systems in place, for example, then nobody knows what they are supposed to be doing, and people are more likely to do whatever they want or nothing at all, which means that desired outcomes for the business are not going to be done.
For example, think of your favorite fast food restaurant. What if there was no system in place to make your favorite food? What if the way your food was made varied depending on the time of day it was, the employee, whether that employee was happy or sad, or something else? Every time you went to get your favorite food, you would be rolling the dice on whether or not your food was going to taste the way you wanted it to or not. Luckily, successful restaurants know the value of systems and your food looks and tastes the same each time.
Successful business people, athletes, and anyone who regularly has success in life knows the value of systems. And, once you understand the value of systems, they will become an important part of your ability to be persistent and maintain success. In fact, if you want to be more persistent (which you probably do if you’ve read this far!), then you will want systems to become a part of your life.
How To Develop Systems In Your Life?
I hope you are convinced that systems are one of the best ways to become persistent in life. They help you stay organized, save you time, and stay motivated towards the life you want. And, systems are not that hard to develop. Use the following steps to develop a system for an area of your life that you need to become more persistent in.
Step 1: Decide the purpose of your system.
If you have a clear purpose for developing the system, then you will have an easier time developing the elements of the system and remembering why you developed it during times that life throws you a curveball.
For instance, if you want to develop a system for your health so that you can stay persistent towards a particular health goal, then that is your purpose. Or if you want to develop a system to persistently pay your bills on time and avoid more debt, then write that down as your purpose.
Step 2: Decide a schedule for this system.
Do you need it to be something you do daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly? Be honest with yourself so that you can develop a system that allows you to be persistent.
For instance, if you want to achieve better health, you may need to develop a system that you use every morning. On the other hand, if you want to pay your bills on time, you may need to develop a system that you use every payday.
Step 3: Create an outline of the steps in your system.
You probably already have a good idea on what the steps should be, so write them down. For instance, if you want to develop a workout routine, you can create an outline that includes times of the workout, what you want to do, and what you need to focus on.
If you don’t have an idea on what to do, then go ahead and search out people who are successfully doing what you want to do and create an outline based on what they do systematically. As the old saying goes, “You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.” If something is working for someone else, it will probably work for you.
Step 4: Decide when to start implementing your system and why it is so important.
This is where a lot of people have a hard time being persistent. They justify putting things off until tomorrow or next week or the first of the month, and that’s where persistence becomes hard. When you are always telling yourself that it’s alright if you don’t start when you need to start, then you will always be looking towards tomorrow and not doing what needs to be done today.
So, remember the purpose of your system, whether it is to get healthier, to have more money in the bank, to have a healthier relationship, or to get more done in your days. And then remind yourself that you can’t achieve your purpose if you don’t get started as soon as possible.
If you really want to make this step work for you, then develop the attitude that you are going to make every day count. If you keep putting off the things you need to be persistent on, then you are putting off your life. You are putting off your health, wealth, relationships, or whatever your purpose is for wanting to be more persistent. You are wasting your chance to get started and get results. The longer you put things off, the longer results will take to come. So make today count. Your future self will thank you for it!
Step 5: Write down your tasks in the system.
Get yourself a planner or use an online software, and start delegating your tasks where they need to go. Writing them down helps you to see them more clearly and make them more real. If you just say you are going to do something, there is more of a chance you will make excuses and not be persistently do what needs to be done. Therefore, write down what the task is, who should be doing it, and when it is due.
For instance, if you want to start walking 10,000 steps a day, then your system will involve walking at certain times in the day. You may want to schedule in an hour walk in the morning and an hour in the evening. Knowing exactly when you want to do these things, and visibly seeing them in your schedule, will help you to persistently do them when you want to do them.
Step 6: Pump yourself up to make your system a part of your life.
– Come back to your purpose often so that you can remember why you want to be persistent in the first place.
– Celebrate every time you do something in your new system.
– Celebrate at the end of the day when you have checked off the tasks in your system.
– Celebrate the fact that you are not striving towards a goal, but rather doing things daily, weekly, or monthly that contribute to your life in a positive way.
All of that will help you stay persistent with your systems and have a much healthier and more fulfilling life.
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