When things don't seem to be working out well, it might seem that the best thing is to give up. It's true that there are times when continuing to pursue a goal would be a waste of time. But persistence often pays, so learn to judge when it's worth keeping going. Here are some reasons to be persistent and not give up …
1. Get There in the End
Being persistent means there is a greater chance that you will get there in the end. It's not absolutely guaranteed, but it does boost the possibility of you getting what you want. You've heard the sayings like 'slow and steady wins the race', and there is some truth to that.
2. Giving up Guarantees Failure
Here's a true story. I failed my driving test three times because I was nervous. I nearly cancelled the fourth one, but reasoned with myself that this might just be the time I passed. If I didn't take the test, I was guaranteed not to achieve it. Guess what - I passed. This shows that it's worth persisting, as the only way to get what you want is to keep trying - and not trying means that you definitely won't get it.
3. Determination Creates Success
There's a lot to thinking yourself into a positive and successful frame of mind. If you are determined to achieve something, you may create success through your determination. Some of the most successful people got where they are because they were determined to succeed and kept on trying until they got there. Follow their example, and never give up.
4. Prove People Wrong
Sometimes people give you negative messages and tell you you're not good enough or that you can't achieve your dreams. Proving them wrong can be extremely satisfying. Show that you've got what it takes, and that they don't know what they're talking about!
5. Nearly There
Do you feel despondent and think that you might as well give up because you're a long way from getting where you want to be? You might be very wrong - success could be just around the corner if you just keep trying. So make that call or send in that job application - you could be much closer than you think to achieving your dreams!
6. Learning from Mistakes
Even when you don't succeed, there are still positive gains to be made. Mistakes are a good learning tool that help us to do better next time. So if you persist you can use the experience you've gained to improve upon your previous efforts. If something is worth having, surely it's worth putting in the effort to achieve it?
7. Negative Cycle
Sometimes what you need is to break out of a negative cycle in which you've convinced yourself that you're bound to fail. Persisting can help you change your way of thinking into a more positive mindset that will help you succeed. And doing well will also reinforce a new way of thinking that will help you in the future.
Persistence nearly always pays off, although you do need to recognise when you need to abandon something that isn't working. So muster all the determination you can find, and keep going until you achieve your goals! What do you want to achieve in the next year?