In all competitive industries whether it be entrepreneurship, business, government, sports, or entertainment there is a certain level of determination and perseverance needed that separates the highly successful individuals from the rest. Some examples of these individuals include Oprah Winfrey who became the first African-American TV correspondent in Tennessee after being raised in poverty in Mississippi. Arnold Schwarzenegger who was born in Austria, in 1947 while the country was devastated from WWII. The future Hollywood success story and 38th Governor of California grew up with no plumbing in his home, and hunger-based riots plaguing the streets. These individuals were determined to succeed and willing to endure the long race of perseverance to achieve their goals.
“Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.”
— Travis Bradberry
State a Clear Goal backed with Authentic
Write down a list of your end goal and your authentic values. Ask yourself what are your values in life? When you begin a journey to achieve a new goal, the entire foundation should be built upon your core beliefs. If you fail to build upon your core beliefs, you may achieve the goal, but it may not be all that you expected. It won’t be as fulfilling if it’s not backed by authentic intention. Imagine what your life will be like once you achieve the goal. Get very specific about how you will feel, how much money will you make, where will you live, how will it impact the quality of life? Make sure the goal is measurable, relevant and time bound. Find a mentor, and keep taking little steps daily to move forward.
Hold an Attitude of Optimism and Keep strong Faith
Positive self-talk does wonders in all situations. Keep telling yourself that everything is going to work out the way it is supposed to, that you can do anything that you put your efforts into. Lose your insecurities and anxieties about what may go wrong; instead exchange that with something positive. Have faith in yourself, and your situation. If you are religious then pray, meditate, and reflect on each situation, give thanks for what is. Remain consistent to your values and goals. Remember it is an endurance journey, not a sprint. Adapt to Changes
Change is inevitable, the world is always rotating, industries are failing, and new empires are emerging. In the music industry, 30 years ago it would have been conceivable to make a living writing, recording, and finding a label. If that was your goal, you must realize that in today’s industry with the internet, and the “Indy DO IT YOURSELF” culture you may have to make drastic changes. Perhaps you can tour live more, set up your own contracts, or create a Youtube Channel. View change as a good thing, look at the new emerging tools and utilize them to your advantage. The more adaptive you can become the easier it will be.
Manage Setbacks, Failures, and Discouragement
“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love” — Jim Carrey
Life is going to hurt sometimes, and you must go through not around the pain. This is the toughest part of perseverance; it will challenge you and test your faith. At some point you are going to suffer setbacks and failures. The good news is you can use your story to inspire others when you do attain your goal. Be strong willed and go back to the written list. Change your perspective and view the loss as a gain. Maybe that relationship or gig isn’t in alignment with your core values so it will remove itself from your path. You now have the chance to find the correct opportunities and people. It’s always better to fail at what you love. In the end you will have more satisfaction and you will be a stronger individual for enduring your setbacks.
Draw Strength from Within
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” ―Maya Angelou
Find inner strength and will power to continue forward momentum. There will be many people along your journey meant to derail you, and obstacles that try and destroy you; there will be darkness at times. Remember this: You have all of the power to turn on the light and keep it glowing. Looking for validation from outside sources causes insecurities, anxiety, and reduces our humility. Remain humble but know your value. Be respectful and kind to others even when they do not reciprocate it, but also respect yourself. There is nothing that can break someone of their inner strength and will power.