No matter what your goal in life is, you need to persevere. The only time that when you can say you have failed is when you have given up. It doesn’t matter if your goals are for your career, for your family, for your personal projects, or even if your goal is happiness. Perseverance is not just the will to continue when life gets tough, it’s being smarter. It means looking at a challenge analytically so that, instead of feeling defeated, you can easily circumvent or deal with the problem entirely.
That is how you get far in life. That is how you become fulfilled, happy, and most of all proud of what you have accomplished. Follow these tips to help you persevere no matter the obstacle:
Set Your Goals
Before you can persevere, you need to know what you are working towards. Working hard without direction won’t get you very far, but making goals, and more importantly, planning out the steps you will need to get there, can help you realize your dreams.
To help you achieve your goals, there are many tactics you can choose. The easiest one is to research how others have succeeded as you wish to. This is particularly useful if you have a career goal or a business goal. You can research how your competitors have succeeded, and even how they have failed.
The same holds true for any other kind of success. There is so much information available on the Internet, so use it. Whether you want to know how someone started their own craft business, or how to travel the world, or even how to successfully get a fresh start, there are others who have already done it. Learn from them, and use their path to help design steps for you to take towards your dreams.
Improve Your Ability to Face Challenges
Now that you have direction towards your goals, it’s time to improve how well you are able to complete these steps and face challenges head-on. The secret to being able to face these challenges with a clear head is to be on top of your game. To do this, you need to be healthy.
Eating better and drinking plenty of water is a great first step, but you need to do more in order to have the natural energy and alertness that you need to keep persevering towards your dreams. You will also need to get a good night’s rest and exercise more.
There is no excuse not to exercise. Not only does it make you more energetic and alert, it also improves your mood, lowers stress, cholesterol, and blood pressure, and it helps you manage your weight. If you swim, instead of doing other exercise routines like running, you can benefit from working out your whole body at once while also being far gentler on your joints. If you have a cut or other medical concern that means you can’t get areas of your skin wet, then stock up on tegaderm film.
Importance of Social Support
Being healthy and better able to face challenges isn’t a foolproof plan. Things will still go wrong, and that’s okay. When bad things happen, you don’t have to keep quiet about it. It’s okay to let others know about the problems you face and how that makes you feel. They can provide key emotional support that can help you pick yourself back up and go at it again. They can also help you devise new strategies to help you overcome whatever challenge it is that you are experiencing.
To have this social support, of course, you need to put time and effort into your relationships. That’s why even if your dream is to achieve a certain career goal, you should always make time to see your friends and loved ones. Plan dates consistently or schedule to see your friends at the same time every week. The more you see them, the better they can help you share your successes, and help you through your failures.
Tips for When You “Fail”
Having friends to give you advice when you face a setback is a great first step, but you also need to be able to think critically for yourself. That way, you can solve small problems before they become bigger issues:
- Take a Step Back
Getting emotional about a problem is not how you will be able to think clearly enough to fix it. That is why you should take a step back. If you cannot think of a solution right off the bat, take your lunch outside of the office and try to get your mind off of it for a short while. Let your emotions cool down, and then go back and discuss options. The same applies if you are facing a personal problem. Sometimes all a couple needs to reconcile is an hour or two alone to let their anger subside. Once your emotions are out of the way, you can see the situation more clearly.
- When You Don’t Have a Solution, Listen
Sometimes, the most obvious solution is the best one. Other times, you need to be a bit more creative. If you cannot think of a creative solution, then it is time to listen. Instead of simply shooting someone down for giving a suggestion, engage them in a discussion. That way you can both help them understand the situation, and they can try to explain their thought process more clearly.
This applies at work and at home. Discussing is what will help you and your friends or coworkers come to the best solution to a problem. More heads are better than one.
Perseverance means not shying away from challenges. It means, instead, to take a moment so that you can calm down and think critically. It means being more creative with how you deal with problems instead of giving up. Most of all, however, it means knowing what you need to do to achieve your goals, and ensuring you consistently progress.
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