“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” — (John) Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
Here at SEALgrinderPT – we often talk about goals and how important they are to success.
But how do you stay on task to take on the day to day of that goal?
Persistence is the key.
When I got kicked out of BUDS the first time I had to learn a skill that I had never been exposed to before.
It is called PERSISTENCE.
I could have walked away from BUDS and made excuses.
But I knew that I would then make excuses for the rest of my life.
I did not want to keep on being a loser.
Video — SGPT talks about Persistence
Persistence means getting up when you are sore and tired and still doing the workout that you had scheduled.
Persistence means driving a chunk of the night to get to an event and sleeping in your car.
Waking up at first light and jumping on the hard half marathon trail run to test your skills.
It means no matter what the obstacle thrown in front of you that you continue to get out there and kick @ss towards your goal.
TIP #1: Set a Goal
Write it down. Have someone hold you accountable. If it is not written down it is not a goal. It is just an idea in your head. When you write it down it becomes more permanent.
TIP #2: Slice it Up
Break down the goal into smaller pieces (also called “chunking”).
Doing this creates a sense of accomplishment and momentum, especially when you feel like you’re in a rut or have hit a plateau, but really haven’t.
TIP #3: Take Baby Steps
This is connected to #2.
Get started and tackle one small piece at a time. Build your way up.
You don’t have to take on the whole enchilada in one gulp.
TIP #4: Never Quit
Don’t give up easily. Think of the pit bull dog who is holding on to his bone. Be aggressive and defensive of your goals and your path towards greatness. Be the pit bull.
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