“Don’t give up… It’s not how hard you hit it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”.
- Rocky Balboa
This is one of the reasons why people ultimately fail, they give up too soon.When it comes down to it, it’s giving up early in the attempt that is at the heart of failure. Not that the goal couldn't be achieved. Not that it was too difficult. But simply because the person stopped trying far too early.
A major reason why people don't persist with goals is due to poor self image. Deep down they don't have faith that they are capable of pulling off a great victory, so when they try , they do so in a tentative, half hearted manner and are ready to give up at the first sign of difficulty.
Take my personal training clients as an example. Before they saw me, many of them made many attempts in achieving their goal, but came up short. If we take a close look at how they tried to succeed, we would see that in many cases it was their persistence that was flawed, not that the goal was impossible to achieve.
Look at this image. This guy keeps hitting and hitting… he probably hit the rock 1000 times but if he hit it just one or two more, the diamonds would have come out. You know why he is never going to see diamonds or why some of you will never succeed… its because you keep giving up.
With my clients, I made up in their minds that they will get through the tough times and will outlast their fitness goal. I tell them the story of Thomas Edison where he failed 10,000 times in creating the light bulb, but the 10,001 attempt, he succeeded.
What I’d like to share with you now is from a book called ‘Why People Fail’ by Siimon Reynolds. It’s a 5 step process for learning how to become a master of persistence. This is exciting stuff, because like Reynolds’ puts it, when you become a master of persistence, you will learn more, achieve more and enjoy more.
I assure you, if you focus on this system every day for a month, it will become a habit. Once it becomes a habit, your DIYPT results will go through the roof.
1. Repeat your efforts - sometimes your strategy is right, it just hasn't been repeated enough. For example setting the alarm to wake up an hour earlier. You will probably snooze through the alarm for the first couple of times, so don’t say “you’re not a morning person” and give up. You never know, the 3rd time you try it may be the one that will make it stick.
2. Change strategies - After repeating your strategy a number of times, simply change it. If you just can’t wake up an hour earlier because you get home late from work and you need the sleep in, then change your strategy to maybe working out at lunch instead. Just make sure you put a number to how many repeated efforts you’ll make before you decide to change strategies.
Remember, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result”.
3. Model the best - there are plenty of people who have achieved similar goals before you. So copy them. Model the athletes, celebrities or everyday people you want to look like or become and you’re likely to get similar results. Remember you have the hundreds strong DIYPT community and me at your disposal, so use us.
4. Maintain positivity - As you work hard, assume you’re going to achieve your goal, expect that things are going to go your way, and decide you are going to have fun on this journey no matter what. Choose to be positive as you persist through the tough times of your DIYPT program.
5. Return to the vision - this is very important. Sometimes you will get caught up in the work of your DIYPT program plus your everyday life that you will lose track of the big picture - your why. The very reason you're working so hard to achieve stuff in the first place.
Because we have stopped thinking about the final result we’re trying to achieve. we get overwhelmed by the countless obstacles and hardships we are facing. When this happens to you, it’s vital that you return to your higher vision.
I promise you, if you stick to these steps great things will happen.
Remember, keep your eyes on the prize and persist, persist, persist!!!