I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~ John D. Rockefeller
You have to remember this fact; it isn’t talent that gets you greatness. There won’t be a single moment when you get what you want if it’s not first built upon the back of countless other moments where you were learning to deserve what you want.
The fact that perseverance is the most important quality to possess is something you have to remember when you’re overcome with doubt.
It happens to all of us. We doubt in our abilities, in our talent, in our direction, pursuit, even in our habits or the work we’re doing right now.
We doubt that what we’re doing will yield the results we want them to. We think about quitting, we question whether this is all going to be worth it.
It’s these moments that make you or break you.
You can either persist or quit.
If you quit, you’re guaranteed to fail. You’ve proven that negative voice right, that you weren’t cut out for it after-all, that you’re a loser, a whiner, a quitter.
This doesn’t have to be true, your truth, or your reality.
You can carry on.
In these moments of doubt we don’t necessarily have to ‘believe in what we’re doing’. Sometimes it’s too difficult to rationalize that all of this effort is going to pay off as we want it to.
Doing something for an end doesn’t always happen.
Sometimes we need to persist simply because that’s what we do, that’s who we are, and it’s persistence that will make us who we ought to be.
Forget about the goal, the dream, the motivation and inspiration and the pursuit. Sometimes you need to put your head down and work if only because you’re the kind of guy who does that. You don’t quit. You don’t look for an easier way. You’re not a whiny little bitch who feels entitled to something he’s not yet earned.
You’re a worker.
As a worker, you don’t complain and you don’t even ‘wish’. You just work.
Next time you wonder ‘if’…
If all of this work is worth it or if it’s the right work or if it’s what you really want, shut that part of your brain off and carry on.
There is time for reflection, where you need clarity on your path and your focus within that path, but often times that questioning voice just needs to be shut up.