Thursday, November 4, 2010

Perseverance - Three Things to Remember when Bad Things Happen

“I'd like people to know that you can recover from life adversity. You don't have to give up because you've been down a lot of times.” - Ray Charles, American singer-composer (1930-2004)

Once you give up, the game is over.

But hanging in there isn't easy. Major setbacks happen all the time, and they’re painful. They can drain your strength and your resolve. You could lose the motivation to go on, and you may even feel like quitting. It may seem that the outcome you hoped for is no longer worth the effort.

When bad things happen, if you want to stay in the game, remember these three things:

1. When you’re working on a challenging project, expect that there will be problems and disappointments. That way, when adversity happens, it won’t surprise you.

2. As long as there’s any chance at all that you can succeed, simply refuse to quit—no matter what. People quit all the time. Just decide that after most people have dropped out, you’ll be one of those still in the game.

3. Then fill your mind with a clear mental image of what you want to achieve. Visualize the desired outcome that inspires you, even when you’re tired. You can avoid being overwhelmed if you focus on just the next step. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll eventually reach your goal.

Don’t let discouragement, fatigue, or criticism keep you from achieving your goal. Even though you’ll be challenged by mistakes and failures, you can use them to help you continue moving forward.

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Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength .

1 comment:

Lori Meyer said...

Thanks for the inspiring list of tips for keeping on in the face of obstacles. I've bookmarked this.