The majority of people who fail in their pursuits of an ambitious goal, fail due to a lack of this one key quality; persistence. Persistence is one of, if not the most important success quality a person can develop to increase their chances of finding the success they seek in life. It is for this reason, that we seek to provide you with some timeless insights that anyone can use to become a persistent person.

Our hope is that by sharing these handful of best-practices, you’ll be able to put them to use and gain an upper-hand against failure forever. So, if you’re looking to develop the persistence needed to reach those elusory big goals and dreams, then enjoy these simple ways to become a persistent person today. Let’s get to it!


How to Become  a Persistent Person

1. Discover Your Why

One of the most important things you can do to level up your ability to persist in the face of failure, is to discover your why. What’s your why? You why is essentially your purpose. It is the driving force behind all that you do. It is the clarity of what you were put here on this earth to do.

Finding your ‘Why’ will energize your efforts and tighten your focus better than any other way. Once you find your ‘Why, you will be able to motivate yourself to get to work on your goals much earlier, you’ll also find the energy to work longer, and stay committed to your efforts long after the enthusiasm for it wears off.

So, if you want to develop your persistence quickly, there is no faster way than to zero-in on your ‘Why’.

2. Create Your Plan

Once you’ve discovered the driving force behind your goals and all your efforts, you’ll want to then create your plan. Creating your plan essentially means putting pen to paper to write out exactly what it is you want to achieve and by when.

In short, creating your plan is best done by writing out your goals. If you don’t write down your goals, it might as well be a wish.

So, get yourself a journal or set up a word document and title it ‘Goals’. Then, proceed to write down exactly what it is you want, why you want it, when you want it by, and how you plan on achieving it.

Yes, it is as simple as that. Of course, to really fortify your persistence when the going gets tough, make sure you revisit your plan often.

Having your plan fresh in your mind is one of the best ways to keep you moving towards your goals when you come across the inevitable road bumps and distractions that will try to keep you from doing what must be done.

Related: Write Down Your Goals

3. Disassociate From Negative Influences

If you truly want to become a persistent person, it will do you good to disassociate from negative influences. Negative influences can be any person (i.e. family, friends, or professional), groups, or media platforms that down plays your potential, or causes you to second-guess what is possible for you.

Negative and toxic people are also those people who try to distract you from taking the action you’ve committed to take to achieve your goals. Even if they are distracting you on accident, time with them must still be minimized.

This step is one of the most difficult for many people to execute ; however, it is a step that clearly demarcates that moment in a person’s life when they’ve become truly committed to reaching their goals.

When you finally begin removing those toxic influences that would encourage you to quit, “get realistic”, or cause you to doubt yourself, your ability to persist in the face of failure will increase exponentially.

4. Focus on The Positive

A persistent person almost always has a can do attitude. And negative thinking in any form can subtly lead to stinking thinking, discouragement, and eventually less drive. Therefore if you want to be a persistent person, it is critically important that you ensure your mind is positive most of the time.

How do you keep it positive?

To keep your mind positive and strong against unproductive and negative thoughts, all you have to do is deliberately control what it is you focus on. For example, when a negative news story pops up in you feed, ignore it. When a friend texts you a negative or mean joke, ignore it. And when you learn of some new maleficence that this person/company/government entity etc.. transgressed today, ignore it.

Why? Because a positive mind is an action-oriented mind. And an action-oriented mind is better able to persist in the face setbacks and discouragement that we all must face on our success journey.

Related: Inspiring Quotes on Persistence

5. Create an Accountability Group

Having an accountability group is extremely effective at keeping you on task. When you have people watching what you are doing, and ensuring that you are going to do what you said you would do, deviating from or quitting on those promises you made becomes extremely difficult.

But it is this difficulty and uneasiness that the group causes when they hold you accountable, that will keep you honest humming along towards your goals.

So, get yourself an accountability partner or an accountability group. Without a doubt they will help you become a more persistent person.

6. Build Your Discipline

Becoming a persistent person will require you to work on developing persistence. And there’s no better way to develop persistence than to develop your self-discipline. Here’s why. When you consciously work towards building your self-discipline you strengthen your will power. And when you strengthen your will power you are essentially increasing your capacity to get yourself to do that which you may not want to do, but know that you must.

As such, when your self-discipline has been developed and strengthened, you simultaneously develop your ability to persist. So, work on building your self-discipline, and you’ll simultaneously be working on your ability to persist.

Related: Best Books on Self-Discipline

7. Follow Through No Matter What

The majority of people are too quick to give up at the first sign of struggle or misfortune while pursuing their aims. They start off in hot pursuit to accomplish their aims, but once a little resistance and discomfort is experienced, all bets are off. And this is why, if you really wish to become a persistent person, you have to make your mind to be one. You must commit to becoming a person who will follow through no matter what.

By simply deciding to be a person who persists until he/she succeeds, you become more likely to put in the sustained effort that is necessary to reach your aims. So, choose to be persistent and commit to always following through no matter what, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a persistent person.

Bonus Tip – Study Persistent People

Here’s one last bonus tip that can be used to remain persistent when you feel like throwing in the towel. Stay inspired by studying persistent people.

If you want to be a persistent person, it will behoove you to study and observe other persistent people. Learning about how others persisted in the face of seemingly impossible odds can inspire you to press on.

In addition to this, studying persistent people who found the success they were after can provide you with clarity on your situation, and whether or not, you’ve been persistent enough.

So, don’t be afraid to read a few inspiring success stories every now and again to help you become more persistent in your endeavors.

Final Thoughts

As we mentioned earlier, a lack of persistence is one of the primary reasons most people fail. But fortunately, it can be remedied with effort and commitment. And the more committed you are to overcoming your lack of persistence, the quicker you’ll become the committed and persistent person you envision yourself to be.

“A River Cuts Through A Rock Not Because Of Its Power, But Its Persistence.”

With that being said, here’s a quick recap of the best ways to become a persistent person:

  • Discover Your Why
  • Create A Plan Of Action
  • Remove Toxic People From Your Life
  • Focus On The Positive
  • Create An Accountability Group
  • Build Your Self-Discipline
  • Follow Through No Matter What
  • Study Persistent People

We hope you apply these steps for developing your persistence often, and keep pushing forward towards your intended aims. Persist, and you will succeed.

Till next time,


PS – If you enjoyed this article on how to develop your persistence, then you’ll love these quotes on perserverance, and you may even enjoy these motivational quotes about never giving up.

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