DISCIPLINE STRATEGY® Blog by Timothy L. Coomer, PhD
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Nothing matters as much as perseverance in life, business, relationships, and goal accomplishment.
I am 56 years old. As I reflect on my adult years, I see one challenge after another – some incredibly difficult, life-threatening, or potentially damaging to my businesses. In every realm of my life, I have seen tough times.
I have survived these challenges and am stronger and more capable because I fought through difficult times. No, I didn’t have that positive perspective while in the middle of these challenges – that comes with the gift of time and perspective.
My ability to persevere is the most valuable trait I have developed in the past 40 years. It has served me well, and I want you to build your capacity for perseverance.
When I was in my early 20s, I devoured content from the great motivational speakers of the day. People like Jim Rohn and Earl Nightingale could be heard, via cassette tape, arguing the value of perseverance as I drove my car to my corporate job. The concept of perseverance resonated with me. I bought a sizeable motivational poster that said, “PERSEVERANCE There is never a crowd on the extra mile.” It showed a runner, by himself, on a long road with a sunrise in the background. I hung that poster over my desk at home. I saw it every night while working in the evenings to start my first business.
Perseverance cures many ills. Perseverance fuels passion. Perseverance conquers all.
John D. Rockefeller once stated, “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”
As I was writing and researching my book, Discipline Strategy (Amazon pre-order: http://bit.ly/_DS), specifically “Chapter 6: Persevere,” I realized:
1) Multiple massive life challenges are inevitable for everyone – no exceptions.
2) Perseverance is the key to overcoming these challenges.
3) Once you believe (1) and (2), then you would be crazy not to prepare yourself by building your capacity for perseverance.
The focus of “Chapter 6: Persevere” is the importance of implementing multiple life strategies that build your capacity for perseverance and prepare you for battle. “Battle” is a dramatic term, but based on my experience, it is an appropriate word to describe life’s difficult challenges!
I want you to decide to build your capacity for perseverance. In the book, I dedicate 22 pages to the topic. In this blog, I want you to think about four important themes:
PSYCHOLOGICAL CAPITAL: Insufficient psychological capital (or PsyCap, as it is often abbreviated) can quickly pull the rug out from under you when perseverance is badly needed. PsyCap describes your mental posture toward your specific goal, your life, and the world in general. During tough times, your PsyCap level will impact any performance related to goal achievement. In the book (and training videos), I discuss an exercise to help you increase your PsyCap.
Primarily, you must nurture hope, efficacy, resiliency, and optimism.
Resources: YouTube Video & Book: Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hHNq45rEnU (Book summary)
MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Mental toughness must be an essential part of any plan. Lack of mental fortitude will prevent you from pressing on in the face of a major obstacle or frustration. Fortunately, we can apply research and experience from sports psychology, the military, and martial arts to help us understand what mental toughness is.
Resources: YouTube Videos & Book
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbXoXMvQjOk (Motivation and definition)
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B5pFK-X_tg (A good explanation)
Book: https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/B07KKP62FW/ (This is David Goggins’ book, Can’t Hurt Me an amazing and inspiring story of mental toughness.
PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Perseverance often means long hours of work, stress, and high cortisol levels. Physical weakness will be like an anchor tied around your neck during these times. To help avoid this, you need a specific action plan, including activities, workouts, and nutrition, for improving your physical strength.
You can pursue physical and mental strength in a hundred different ways. I won’t suggest any resources – YOU have to figure this out for your own body and lifestyle. But do it!
WILLPOWER: Willpower is an exhaustible resource, and you don’t want to waste it. You will need as much willpower as you can muster to amplify your perseverance when required. The primary strategy to do this is the elimination of all nagging issues in your life. You must reduce the need to use willpower daily to function so that it will be available during the difficult times.
Resources: YouTube Video & Book
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iqiRCQWRmA (summary of Willpower book)
Perseverance is an important but complex topic. I hope you will read the Discipline Strategy and learn more (Amazon pre-order: http://bit.ly/_DS). But if this blog is all you ever read, then act now. Increase your physical and mental well-being. Simplify your life. Clearly state your life goals and get rid of all the physical and mental clutter in your life. Build your capacity for perseverance – you’re going to need it.
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