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Greg Vincent

Persist and You Will Succeed

Persistence is one of my greatest strengths and I’ve found that by persisting you can overcome almost any obstacle in life, but persistence doesn’t come easily.

Nowadays it’s so easy to ‘Give Up’ on our dreams. If things are getting too tough many people simply quit but yet if they just held on a little bit longer the tide may change or the key that unlocks the door could actually appear within reach.

Whilst persistence is a key ingredient to success, a lack of persistence is a major reason for many failures in business, life, relationships and goal achievement.

Persistence is crucial BUT should not be confused with stubbornness.

Stubborness means that you aren’t prepared to change your mind or adapt to circumstances/environment. For me persistence is more a level of determination that you need to adopt to be able to overcome all bumps and roadblocks along the way.

Persistence helps you jump out of bed in the morning with a certain level of commitment and preparedness to toil hard in an effort to achieve the next goal for that day, week or month and deal with the struggles that come your way.

I wasn’t born with persistence. I had to work at it. I had to discover ways that I could remain focussed.

There was one scroll written by Og Mandino in his book ‘The Greatest Salesman in the World’ called “I will persist until I succeed” that was shared with me approx. 20 years ago by my friend Charles Tarbey, Chairman of Century 21 Australia and it’s something that I’ve regularly referred back to and read over and over again.

It has had a very positive impact on my life.

It is something that you can apply to the principles of everyday life as well as in real estate sales. I hope you enjoy it too…If so make sure you Bookmark it, Share it, Email it, Print it so that you can refer to it regularly.

All the best for 2011….Here’s the scroll…

“If I Persist I Will Succeed” by Og Mandino

“I will persist until I succeed.

In the Orient young bulls are tested for the fight arena in a certain manner. Each is brought to the ring and allowed to attack a picador who pricks them with a lance. The bravery of each bull is then rated with care according to the number of times he demonstrates his willingness to charge in spite of the sting of the blade. Henceforth will I recognize that each day I am tested by life in like manner. If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed.

I will persist until I succeed.

I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

I will persist until I succeed.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

I will persist until I succeed.

Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So it will be with my efforts of today.

I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

I will persist until I succeed.

I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless and retreat; for they are the words of fools. I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.

I will persist until I succeed.

I will remember the ancient law of averages and I will bend it to my good. I will persist with knowledge that each failure to sell will increase my chance for success at the next attempt. Each nay I hear will bring me closer to the sound of yea. Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come. Each misfortune I encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck. I must have the night to appreciate the day. I must fail often to succeed only once.

I will persist until I succeed.

I will try, and try, and try again. Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession. I will persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm.

I will persist until I succeed.

Henceforth, I will learn and apply another secret of those who excel in my work. When each day is ended, not regarding whether it has been a success or failure, I will attempt to achieve one more sale. When my thoughts beckon my tired body homeward I will resist the temptation to depart. I will try again. I will make one more attempt to close with victory, and if that fails I will make another. Never will I allow any day to end in failure. Thus will I plant the seed of tomorrow’s success and gain an insurmountable advantage over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time. When others cease their struggle, then mine will begin, and my harvest will be full.

I will persist until I succeed.

Nor will I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win.

I will persist.

I will win.”

I hope this scroll helps you to persist and achieve more success in 2011 and beyond.

Warm regards

Greg Vincent

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