3 WAYS TO CREATE BRILLIANT PERSISTENCE SO YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Einstein, considered by many to be the greatest mind of the 20th century, was known for mulling over his questions until falling into a semi-trance. In these states of deep contemplation, he made fascinating discoveries, then spent countless hours working back out of the maze to make his discoveries translatable to others.
The trick to sustainable success in any arena is not, as many believe, to be the smartest or most educated guy in the room, or to be born into wealth and opportunity. Rather, the trick is to become so focused on the goal and so determined not to give up that all distractions fade into the background, and the answers rise to the top.
I was once asked, “How often do you scroll on Facebook?”
I answered. “Once a week.”
Social media and the internet are great tools for business and online group coaching, but that’s all I use it for. I’ve found that once I start scrolling, I get distracted.
If you would like to see more success in your endeavours, here are 3 simple tips to help you get and stay focused so you can achieve your goals this year:
1 | THINK "CHUNKS"
Studies have shown that humans get overwhelmed and become less productive when focusing on too many things at once. The concept of multitasking is a misnomer as we can only effectively focus on one thing at a time. Therefore, pick one small aspect of whatever you’re doing and give it your full attention.
If you’re working on a book, just focus on one chapter a week or month.
If you’re cleaning your house, think one room at a time.
If you’re working on a project, focus on one area of the project until its done.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent - Calvin Coolidge
2 | GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO “GO THERE”
Oftentimes, we don’t give something the necessary attention because we feel we cannot disengage from all the other demands in our life. Give yourself permission to let everything else go for a while. De-prioritize to re-prioritize, and be okay with the fact that in order to say ‘Yes’ to what you want, you must say ‘No’ to something else.
Before my breast cancer diagnosis, work and clients came first, and my exercise routine came last. In fact, there’d be weeks that I’d go without exercising and I hated it. But I also wanted to see clients and make money. Now, exercise comes first, and I’ve let go the fear of losing out.
3 | GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME
With deadlines looming, it’s easy to shortchange yourself on the amount of time actually needed for excellence. Ask for more time if you need. OR, refer to tip number 2 to create more space in your life. Progress takes persistence and persistence takes time.
I started writing a short book on my journey through breast cancer in January 2017, but I didn’t finish until December of the same year. Its only nine chapters and under 20,000 words! I decided to give myself more time because my last chapter was all about “My New Normal” and I felt I hadn’t really experienced it long enough to write anything about it. I gave myself more time while I worked on other things.
You don’t have to be an Einstein to let your genius shine through. Brilliance belongs to everyone…you just have to drill deep to get to the gold.
How will you persist to unlock your brilliance today?