The Dragonfly Forest

They have been given names such as devil’s darning needle, ear sewer, horse stinger, skeeter hawk, and the snake’s servant. Actually, Dragonflies are beneficial, peaceful, and stunning. You are a Dragonfly if you are: ADD/ADHD, dyslexic, dysgraphic, Asperger’s, NLVD, autistic…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3 tricks to develop persistence- Toolkit Tuesday

Yesterday the focus was on 3 tricks to get motivated and stop procrastinating.  Today's focus is on the importance of persistence. 

Here are 3 tricks to develop persistence:

1: Have a plan.  It's great to get on the road to a goal but if you don't have a plan on how to get to that goal you will just be driving around with no direction wasting a lot of energy.  Eventually you will quit because you will discover you have not made much progress.  So make a plan.  Your plan should include a lot of mini goals to keep you on track.  For example, if you were to drive across the United States you wouldn't do it without stopping for fuel, food, or sleep would you.  No you would have to make stops along the way.  True, you could just wing-it and stop as needed but it is more effective and efficient if you make at least rough plans on when you will need to stop and the routes you will take. 

2: Get support from family or friends.  Share your goal with some close family and/or friends.  Remember not everyone is your friend some people may not be supportive and sabotage your plans. You want to share your goal with people you know will cheer you on and keep you moving in the right direction.  These people will lift you up when you get stuck and guide you back when you go off your path.  You should also have at least one person you trust to hold you accountable.  You must trust that this person has your best interest at heart and someone you can count on when times get tough.  Agree with this person that you will seek them out when you want to quit and their job is to convince you not to quit even if you have every reason to quit.  We all need at least one person in our life that doesn't give up on us when we are ready to throw in the towel.  

3: Battle through the challenges!  You will be tested along the way! There is no doubt that you will have to face many challenges and obstacles.  There will be road block, brick walls, naysayers, and your own personal demons interfering with your progress.  You will get hung-up and even set back often but this is when you need to dig in deeper and push on.  Make a list of all thing things that might cause you difficulty along your path to your goal and then think of the tools you may need to conquer them.  You will still have these obstacles in your way but you will have some tools and strategies in place and will make the battle a little easier.  There will also be times you are blindsided by something you never expected and at this time is when you get support from your friends and family (or your go-to friend) to give you strength to keep moving forward.  

Put these 3 tricks into place and you will be on your way to success!