Planned Persistence

by Michael Berry on August 14, 2014

I’ve touched upon how important it is to never give up in numerous posts that I’ve made.

American light bulb inventor Thomas Edison said, ” genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration.” And while this most certainly in details sustained hard work over a long period of time, there is skill to creating an environment where never giving up is more likely than giving in.

We call this Planned Persistence.

You have a choice as to what degree you will move in any direction. This includes what speed, what intensity and to what degree you will take any action that is necessary. You can move slowly or you can explode. You can navigate very carefully or you can throw caution to the wind. You can push the boundaries of how you will creep forward or how you will leap ahead. This too, is all within your choosing. Plan to persist, and Planned Persistence brings about extraordinary results.

Choose a pace that is comparable for you and that suits your personality. If you are a risk taker, you will probably be most satisfied with a strong challenge. If you are conservative by nature, you may want to take a more moderate approach. It is easy to derail your efforts over time by taking two big in action that cannot be sustained; plan your journey accordingly.

It’s like going on a hike that you may not know the distance to your destination. If you start to quickly you may not have the stamina to make it. If you meander along, you might lose interest or not outlast the weather. Then you need to bring provisions for the entire trip, and the pace needs to be manageable and enjoyable for you. Proper planning is a big part of the success of your journey.

You don’t want your efforts to be an explosion, but more like a nice burn maintained over a long period of time. You can make choices to Excel rate or decelerate, based on your course corrections. The goal here is to maintain persistence in a way that you guarantee you will never give up.

Time is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. If there were not time, everything would be in a fixed position and nothing could move. On a quantum physics level, every physical thing that exists is really just a vibrating electrical charge. There is no solid matter at this level. Amazingly, nothing can vibrate if there is no time! Literally the only reason anything at all can happen is because there is time. Time is required for things to move or change.

If one wants to take control of life and, one must align all the laws of physics and the universe work for them. If one knows and uses these laws, it can appear like he is super human, magical are just super lucky to those around him.

Time is either your ally or your enemy, and people who get big results regularly in their life know this: given enough time anything is possible!

Using time to your advantage by Planned Persistence.

Feeling like you’re in competition with the clock creates nervous energy and anxiety, which tends to repel what you are trying to attract. Just know you will take all the time it takes and you now have a powerful partner.

And strangely enough, when this is your attitude, success seems to happen much quicker.

Think of time as a good friend. Any good friend is happy to assist you, but just start ordering this person about and you will find how quickly your friendship will diminish!

Personal development is our business and our life.
Michael Berry
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan March 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Good post about persistence and I guess you don’t fail unless you just give up. I’ve read that idea many times on different blog post. Glad to hear you drive the point home.

Michael Berry March 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Dan and yes it is so important.

Christine Casey March 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hi Michael ~ I liked what you wrote about making time your friend, acknowledging that you’ll take all the time that is necessary to accomplish something, and yet once you accept that way of thinking, things seem to move right along for you! 🙂 Christine

Michael Berry March 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Yes they do Christine and usually at a faster pace than you imagined. As always, thanks for your comments.

Scott Manesis-Consultant March 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hey Michael,

This post is a good reminder about being persistent. Rome was not built in a day for sure.

Those who become successful in any thing in life fight and scratch and claw their way there. This is even true for those who have already obtained a comfortable level of success. You have to fight for it to keep it.

They say that Mr.Chrysler took an old Ford into his garage and took it apart and reassembled it himself over 1.000 times in order how to figure a way to improve the assembly process of the automobile and Chrysler was born. Notice how he did not do it once? Also imagine how hard it was to put back together that first time? How many wrenches do you think he threw across his barn? LOL

Still, he did not give up. Seemed to work out for him, and countless others. Winning would not be any fun if it was not hard EARNED.

~Scott Manesis

Michael Berry March 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Thanks for your comments Scott. I did not know that about Mr. Chrysler, that’s a neat story. And certainly shows that persistence is a huge key to success.

Lawrence Bergfeld August 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

We not only must have persistence but we must have goals and deadlines. Without meeting our goals and deadlines we will be a wandering generality instead of a meainingful specific.

Lawrence Bergfeld

Michael Berry August 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

You got it Lawrence. Thanks for your comments.

Jane Araguel October 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

I totally agree with you that time is one of the most powerful forces. Time can never be recovered once it is gone it will never come back so we need to plan our time even as we become persistent. Doing both of this will help us achieve most of our goals.

Michael Berry October 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

You got it Jane.

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