It is never too late to revert to perseverance to get things done. It was Dr. Samuel Johnson who advised us: “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”
Some call it “stick-to-itivness” or “gumption.”
Some call it grit.
Some call it obsession.
But I think staying the course self-publishing your work comes down to the internal quality of having the habit of persistence.
“Nothing in the world,” said Calvin Coolidge, “can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is sull of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On!” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
So ask yourself….
“Do I practice the habit of persistence?”
“Could I be more committed to what I want to achieve?”
“Can I do something more, everyday, to advance me toward my goals?”
When you start putting pressure on yourself to reach your goals, you stretch your talents and abilities to new lengths, and they will never shrink back to their original limitations.
You have to set a fire under your butt to get going. No, you can’t do everything at once. But, you can do something at once. You can do one thing at once. So there’s no excuse to do one thing…. the next thing… that you need to do to make progress.
Not sometimes. All the time.
Everyday, think perseverance:
“He who is often shooting hits the mark at last.” (A German proverb)
“The sea is made bigger even by one drop.” (A Kalmuk proverb)
“Where one man finds an obstacle a stumbling block, another finds it a stepping stone.” (William Lyon Phelps)
“To wait for luck is the same things as waiting for death.” (A Japanese proverb)
“Weak men wait for opportunities…. strong men make them.” (Anderson Baten)
Finally, here is an extract from the public domain edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic “Think and Grow Rich” published by The Ralston Society back in 1937, where he underscores 8 key causes underlying persistence:
“Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivated. Like all states of
mind, persistence is based upon definite causes, among them these:
a. DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. Knowing what one wants
is the first and, perhaps, the most important step toward the
development of persistence. A strong motive forces one to
surmount many difficulties.
b. DESIRE. It is comparatively easy to acquire and to
maintain persistence in pursuing the object of intense desire.
c. SELF-RELIANCE. Belief in one’s ability to carry out a plan
encourages one to follow the plan through with persistence.
d. DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. Organized plans, even
though they may be weak and entirely impractical, encourage
e. ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE. Knowing that one’s plans are
sound, based upon experience or observation, encourages
persistence; “guessing” instead of “knowing” destroys persistence.
f. CO-OPERATION. Sympathy, understanding, and
harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop persistence.
g. WILL-POWER. The habit of concentrating one’s thoughts
upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definitepurpose, leads to persistence.
h. HABIT. Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind
absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it
feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by
forced repetition of acts of courage.”