“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
– Albert Einstein
How has this past week been for you?
Albert Einstein is so well known for his incredible intelligence that his name itself is synonymous with the word “genius”. But isn’t it telling that Einstein himself attributes his success more to his sticking with problems than to his amazing brain?
The fact is that persistence will get us further in life than most other traits, intelligence included. The ability to stick with things to get the results we want can’t be understated.
Do you give up too quickly?
Consider the following two factors and how they might help you persist next time you’re chasing something:
Expectation – if we begin with practical expectations in regard to our goal and the amount of work required, we are more likely to appreciate that things will be challenging at times and keep pushing on. On the other hand, if we underestimate, expecting it to be easy or smooth sailing 24/7, its more likely that we’ll give up at the first hurdle. So start with realistic expectations and keep reminding yourself along the way that obstacles are part of the process.
Values – if our goals are tied to what we value most, we can persist through almost anything in pursuit of them. The first step of course is to determine our highest values, and the next is to carefully link everything we want back to them. If that’s impossible, it might be time to re-examine the goal or even rethink the values – they do change over time. The important thing is to understand how the goal aligns with your overall values and go from there.
Is there something you want to make progress on this week? Let me know if these tips have been useful!
Have a wonderful week.
Until next time,
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