What’s the number one reason people have a hard time developing new habits and reaching goals? Is it because it’s just too hard While that may seem like the answer, the real answer is something much deeper.
We all know that a new habit is going to be hard to begin with. We all know that a goal will be hard to reach. Yet we still try to develop a new habit or reach a new goal, so ‘being hard’ can’t be the issue. The real issue is the lack of persistence.
Thankfully, persistence is something we are all capable of. Next time you want to start something new, remember the following points about persistence and let them motivate you to keep going.
Persistence Makes You Feel Amazing
When you consistently do something that you know is benefiting your life, you feel good about yourself. You can look in the mirror at the end of the day and say, “I’m making the effort to improve my life!” and it feels rewarding and fulfilling.
The alternative is to stop and start, or just stop altogether. That’s when the complaints or concerns that prompted you to start in the first place start again. And from there, everything just feels bad.
Even if you don’t get results right away from your persistence, it still feels good to be persistent. One study showed that despite not losing weight, participants still felt better about their body than before they began working out regularly. But you don’t need a study to prove that to you. Watch anyone who is persistent with their goals and you will see how proud they are of themselves and how good they feel.
Regret Becomes A Thing Of the Past
Regret is a terrible feeling. It’s hard to look back weeks, months, or years and wish you had just given it all you had. The things you regret the most are the things that require you to stick with it, such as relationships, weight loss, fitness goals, mental health goals, spiritual goals, and business goals. While persistence comes with the pain of discipline, it is much less of a pain than regret and disappointment.
You Influence Others Positively
Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives? Be persistent!
When you are persistent with your goals, you have the power to influence other people. You don’t even have to say anything to them. It is the power of leading by example that motivates and encourages other people.
This is why there are support groups. People who are persistent with overcoming an addiction or reaching a goal can support other people with their stories and results.
You Get Results
Bob Proctor says that if there was one thing you could do to guarantee your success, persistence would be it. The ability to persist is what will keep you going, no matter what obstacle comes into your path. And because of that, you will reach your goal.
Think of it this way: The path to anything is bumpy. There will be times that results are nowhere to be seen. That’s the time that many people give up, but it’s also the time when the universe might just be working out a way to get you the result you want and it’s right around the corner.
If you give up, you will never get results. But, when you are persistent, you can overcome obstacles, learn from failures, and find new ways to achieve your goal.