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Persistence Motivational Quotes: 5 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Goals

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Persistence and perseverance are essential qualities to achieving your goals and becoming successful in life. It’s your willingness to persevere — to persist without exception — that is going to enable you to accomplish what you want to accomplish. And it’s what enables you to ultimately attract the abundance and prosperity you desperately want in your life.

You can call this trait whatever you like — persistence, perseverance, tenacity, determination, doggedness, tenaciousness, strength, or purpose — but regardless of what you call it, it is a common trait in every successful person.

One of my favorite books is The Travelers Gift by Andy Andrews. In the book, he describes what he calls the seven decisions that determine personal success. The seventh decision is this: I will persist, without exception. Successful people persist without exception. Without exception means just that. It means that you find a way when there is no way. That is when most breakthroughs occur.

What is your pattern? Do you quit at the first sign of trouble and stop moving, or do you adjust course and keep moving forward in whatever way you can with an emphasis on remaining in motion? The minute you stop, you have sealed your failure. If you never persist, you will always fail.

Exhibit enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is such a key ingredient because when the going gets tough and you are prone to become discouraged, it is your enthusiasm that will provide the energy you need to keep going. Are you bringing enthusiasm to what you want to accomplish?

Trust in your ideas. It’s been said that everyone, including you, has at least one million dollar idea. Yet few will act on the idea and far fewer still will stay with it. If you knew your idea was guaranteed to make you rich one day, for how long would you be prepared to stick with it?

Stay in motion. If you are taking a road trip and encounter a roadblock or barricade, do you look for a detour or do you turn around, go back home, and cancel the trip? You keep looking for ways around of course. And so it may mean you move slowly, but the point is you are still moving.

Master your craft. Rarely do things come easy, especially when it is a new field or subject area about which you are unfamiliar. For example, if you start a business for the first time, you will not be an instant expert at it and will certainly make some mistakes. The third and fourth tries are about learning and becoming an expert at your craft.

Stay committed. To persevere is not glamorous. When you are truly committed to a particular outcome, it is your vision of that outcome that keeps you going. At any point in time, it can be very hard work to persevere in the face of little or no apparent progress. Ask yourself, how committed to the outcome you desire are you really? Edison failed at perfecting the light bulb 2000 times! What do you suppose would have happened had he concluded it was impossible?

So what about you? Do you intend to leave a legacy of “could have, would have, and should have” or a legacy of things you are proud to have accomplished? Here are ten top motivational quotes that deal with with subject of persistence:

  1. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” (Conrad Hilton)
  2. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” (Dale Carnegie)
  3. “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” (Walt Disney)
  4. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.” (Abraham Lincoln)
  5. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” (John Albert Michener)
  6. “Failure is the path of least persistence.” (Anonymous)
  7. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” (Newt Gingrich)
  8. “Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” (Thomas Edison)
  9. “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” (Norman Lear)
  10. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain)

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