Perseverance- Tips to become Perseverant

Perseverance- Tips to become Perseverant

In India we don’t say “I missed it by a small margin this time”, we say “Agli baar pakka ho  jayega ( I will crack it next time for sure.) ” and we think that’s beautiful. That is the level of confidence and self-belief we require in life. This specific “Never give up” attitude helps you in ways you can’t imagine. There is a popular saying among the millennial generation, “Good things come to those who wait”. I would like to change this to “Good things come to those who try.” You might not get or achieve something right now but you must be patient enough and try harder for it until and unless you achieve it.

In a world like this, where competitiveness is on the rise like never before, Perseverance plays a critical role in an individual’s and especially students’ lives. Let us first understand what is perseverance? Perseverance is described in the dictionary as a persistent attempt to do or achieve anything in the face of obstacles, failure, or opposition: the activity, situation, or instance of persevering.. To be honest, it would be an injustice to the idea of “perseverance”  if we associate it with just a theoretical definition. It is more than some random words. It is more of a trait you develop in you and practice it your life to truly understand it.

There is a popular Japanese proverb “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” This might be your mantra for success in life. This proverb emphasizes the importance of not giving up and instead fight back stronger the next time. Perseverance helps you to channel your efforts and boost your confidence. This reflects your self-belief and will power you possess to take on any challenges.

With the hectic schedule that has become a part of our lifestyle, it has been witnessed that patience and so is perseverance is being slowly vanishing from society. Students are becoming more impatient due to excessive workload and limited time. This lifestyle has led to increased stress levels in students’ life. When the pandemic hit our country last year, it sent waves of uncertainty and frustration across the nation. Thanks to the development of mobile teaching apps, as they were able to help these students and empower teachers to teach online in times like these. A steep rise in lack of tolerance, patience, and willpower has been observed in students in the past few years. This eventually leads to low marks and even lower self-confidence. Since the world has been running at lightning speed, students have high expectations and low patience. In a world where patience and perseverance are slowly becoming a thing of the past, we need to find methods on how to bring these valuable virtues back to the lives of this generation.

Let us explore how to develop perseverance as a habit:

• First and foremost you should defenestrate the fear of failures. Get out of your  comfort zone and develop strong willpower. Don’t be afraid to lose or fail at a task.  Instead, this is the time and age to take risks and bold decisions as you have fewer responsibilities and more opportunities. You might fail and get temporary setbacks

but that’s not important. The important thing here is you don’t quit and learn from  those mistakes.

• Eliminate any confusion about your goals and set clear goals. Break bigger goals into smaller ones. Make an organized and well-structured plan to achieve these benchmarks and reward yourself with self-appreciation or anything you like when you complete these.

• Find out and identify the resistance that you encounter in your path. Try to find  solutions to overcome it. Since we are living in a digital age, make use of the internet. As the method of imparting education has shifted to online teaching  platforms make the best use of them. These mobile teaching apps not only just let  you conduct your classes online but also organize seminars and conventions on  personality and behaviour development. Also, they let you learn skills and abilities  which can prove your ultimate weapons to conquer these resistances.

• Find motivation in little things. Try to induct dedication in your behaviour towards  your goals and fully commit yourself to accomplish them. Stick to your plan and  implement it wholeheartedly. Stop thinking on paper and start taking action in 

reality. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, as long as you stand up each time  after falling. That is what really matters.

• Stay optimistic in your approach and believe in yourself. Try to inculcate positive  beliefs and hopes in you. Try not to think about imaginary failure and have negative  thoughts. Surround yourself with supportive and encouraging people who fuel your  motivation and dedication to achieve your goals and dreams. Practice meditation  and read biographies and autobiographies of successful and inspiring people. Take  care of your mind and body. learn to be resilient and manage your thoughts.  Remember a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Take a balanced diet and  exercise regularly.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but  whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”-Martin Luther King.

Always move forward with your head high and eyes at your goal. Be perseverant and  dedicated. Stop looking at the past and advance towards a brighter and better future. Take  one step at a time and fuel your willpower to win smaller battles. Believe in yourself and  one day these small battle victories will consolidate in winning the war. Don’t hesitate and  take action. After all, progress is progress no matter how small. Don’t look at how much  journey is left to be completed instead look at how far you have come from where you  started and we are pretty sure you will achieve what you dreamt of.

We hope we were able to convey how important “Perseverance” is as a trait in someone’s  journey to achieve their dreams. Please do give us your feedback.

Thank you.

John Norwood
John Norwood is best known as a technology journalist, currently at Ziddu where he focuses on tech startups, companies, and products.