Successful People Accomplish More Because They Persist Without Exception
This is an interesting question. How many times is too many…ten, fifty, a few hundred, how many?
Depending on who you ask, the answer will be different.
For example, if you ask one individual in England, how many attempts should be made at passing a driver’s text, he will tell you…157. Why? Because it took him 158 attempts to pass.
It is reported that he spent over $5,000.00 in fees to accomplish this.
This is some serious persistence.
We don’t know exactly how many times the lady went to see the judge in Jesus’ story in Luke 18:1-8. What we do know is that she wouldn’t take no for an answer seeking justice from the judge. Persistence like hers pays off.
Whatever we’re trying to do will happen if it aligns with God’s purpose and we persist.
Wanting to align my desires with God’s is one reason I include the “serenity prayer” in my daily prayer time.
God, grant me:
Serenity to accept the things I can’t change,
Courage to change the things I can,
Wisdom to know the difference.
Help me to:
Live one day at a time
Enjoy one moment at a time
Accept hardship as a pathway to peace
Take the sinful world as it is
Trust that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will
In everything Your will be done
Persistence is a choice that we can make.
It is the 7th Decision (link) in Andy Andrew’s book, The Traveler’s Gift. I think this excerpt from the book explains it as well as anything…
“I will persist without exception. I will continue despite exhaustion. I acknowledge the fact that most people quit when exhaustion sets in. I am not “most people.” I am stronger than most people. Average people accept exhaustion as a matter of course. I do not. Average people compare themselves with other people. That is why they are average. I compare myself to my potential. I am not average. I see exhaustion as a precursor to victory.
How long must a child try to walk before he actually does so? Do I not have more strength than a child? More understanding? More desire? How long must I work to succeed before I actually do so? A child would never ask the question, for the answer does not matter. By persisting without exception, my outcome—my success—is assured. I will persist without exception. I focus on results.
To achieve the results I desire, it is not even necessary that I enjoy the process. It is only important that I continue the process with my eyes on the outcome. An athlete does not enjoy the pain of training; an athlete enjoys the results of having trained. A young falcon is pushed from the nest, afraid and tumbling from the cliff. The pain of learning to fly cannot be an enjoyable experience, but the anguish of learning to fly is quickly forgotten as the falcon soars to the heavens.
A sailor who fearfully watches stormy seas lash his vessel will always steer an unproductive course. But a wise and experienced captain keeps his eye firmly fixed upon the lighthouse. He knows that by guiding his ship directly to a specific point, the time spent in discomfort is lessened. And by keeping his eye on the light, there never exists one second of discouragement. My light, my harbor, my future is within sight!
I will persist without exception. I am a person of great faith. In Jeremiah, my Creator declares, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” From this day forward, I will claim a faith in the certainty of my future. Too much of my life has been spent doubting my beliefs and believing my doubts. No more! I have faith in my future. I do not look left or right. I look forward. I can only persist.
For me, faith will always be a sounder guide than reason because reason can only go so far—faith has no limits. I will expect miracles in my life because faith produces them every day. I will believe in the future that I do not see. That is faith. And the reward of this faith is to see the future that I believed. I will continue despite exhaustion. I focus on results. I am a person of great faith.”
It is up to you to decide how many times you should try something before you quit.
Just remember that this is a decision that you can make, but I recommend that you run it by God first.
2 thoughts on “How Many Times Should You Try Something Before You Quit?”
When I saw the headline, I was sure this was going to be about recording intros and outros.
I think it was, in a roundabout way. 🙂