One of the most important keys to getting what you want is learning to be persistent. The Universe rewards persistence because it shows that you are serious about achieving certain results. When you perform at a high level at work consistently, you are rewarded. When you exercise regularly, you create a healthy body. When you practice playing a musical instrument regularly you become proficient at being a musician.
While it’s easy to see how valuable persistence can be, it is sometimes difficult to practice it. It’s easy to not have time to do the things that are important to you. So how can you make a new habit a major part of your life?
1 Start with tiny steps. One mistake people make is trying to do too much too soon. If you’ve never exercised and you’re trying to cultivate a new habit of exercising, forcing yourself to run on the treadmill for 60 minutes each day could be overkill.
There’s a good chance you’ll get tired and give up on the exercising completely. Instead, strive to work out 10 minutes a day. As you get used to that commitment, add a little more time to it and keep doing so until you get to your ultimate goal.
2 Spend some time thinking about it every day. The mind is powerful. If you constantly visualize yourself doing something, eventually your body will follow. (So be careful about what you see yourself doing!) Taking the exercise example again, say you want to start exercising but you never can bring yourself to actually go to the gym. Well start by spending a few minutes each day thinking about going to the gym. As you imagine it, the idea will take a stronger and stronger hold upon your mind until you find yourself feeling like you must get to the gym to work out.
3 Focus on the process not the goal. So often we focus on what we will have after we accomplish a goal. For example, if you are going to the gym because you want to lose 30 pounds, you may find yourself feeling frustrated as long as you’re carrying extra weight.
However, reward yourself along the way by patting yourself on the back for taking each tiny step. So allow yourself to feel good about the fact that you went to the gym that day or to celebrate the fact that you worked out three times that week. By acknowledging the tiny steps, you give yourself the motivation to keep going and you’ll find the persistence that you seek.