How to Be Tenacious

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Are you holding yourself back? Having trouble believing in yourself and your undiscovered potential? If you answered, "Yes," to either question, read on. Maybe you will learn that by being tenacious you hold the power to do absolutely anything you set your mind to.

  • Question yourself. Question everything--its very good for you, and it allows you to reassess what is important to you. What do you want? More importantly, why do you want it? If you have been pursuing something and find your dedication and tenacity lacking, maybe you didn't feel as passionately about the matter as you thought.

  • Get goal oriented and by this I do not mean achievements like "I want to be promoted." That is not within your sphere of control. Instead write goals like, "I want to work harder" or "I want to challenge myself constantly." Or, "I want to be _____." What is the answer? A writer? Businessman? Stockbroker? Painter? These things are all within your control because you don't need someone else's validation or good grace to accomplish. This list should include things that have success but not cessation--for instance, you can successfully challenge yourself, but "challenging yourself" will also never be complete. This means it is something that requires continued devotion.

  • Make the appropriate consider. One of the worst things we can do to ourselves is act thoughtlessly. When you are on the verge of taking a break, quitting, or giving up, ask yourself two things: "Can't I achieve my goal with a little bit more effort?" Or, "Will quitting help me accomplish my goals?" Stay true to yourself and your answers; you have to know when to quit and when to forge ahead.

  • Believe in yourself. You may be your own worst enemy. The most tenacious people in the world are those who believe they can do anything they set their mind to. For example, set high standards for yourself and do not "manage expectations" by limiting what you believe is possible.

  • Have patience. Have the highest expectations for yourself, and the grandest hopes and dreams, and give yourself plenty of time to achieve them. A life does not change overnight, and tenacity is a habit, not an action. Moreover, it is a series of actions and repetition of choices.

  • Banish the idea of failure. Are you alive? Then you haven't failed yet. The only real failure is not using the precious short time you have to go after what you want. No matter how many times you don't achieve success, the day begins again tomorrow. You have another golden opportunity to learn from your mistakes, grow, and achieve.

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