Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2017-06-20

Chapter 9 Persistence

Persistent people are those who carry on towards a goal in spite of any or all opposition, and in the end they are the ones who succeed.  In other words, successful network marketers are the ones who get up every morning and do what needs to be done...even if they didn't get a good night's sleep,  even if some team members quit or even if they'd rather be watching a movie or sleeping late.

Hill  tells us that if we lack persistence, it's not a big deal to acquire it requiring "but little time or effort."  He outlines four steps to acquire persistence:  1) have a definite purpose backed by a burning desire, 2) have a definite plan "expressed in continuous action," 3) keep your mind closed to all negative influences and 4) participate in a mastermind group of people who are in harmony with you and your goals.

Recently I decided to work on #2, the continuous action part of this formula.  I knew I needed to become more consistent with habits that I thought were essential for success.  I used a spreadsheet I found online called a Habit Tracker that had space to list 5 habits across the top and the numbers 1-31 along the side.  In each of the 31 spaces under  the habits was a Y for yes and an N for No.  For an entire month I kept track daily of  the habits I completed  circling either Y or N depending on whether the habit was completed.

One habit I chose was reading the 6 steps in Chapter 2 and the self confidence formula in Chapter 3 twice a day.  I had written both of these out long ago and told myself, each time through the book, that I would now review them twice daily.  But in spite of that I had been very inconsistent about the twice a day part. Sometimes a whole week would go by and I would find my copies of these formulas under a stack of paper on my desk. That was not a formula for success.

When I put these habits on paper and had to circle a yes or a no for each one every day, I suddenly became very consistent.  Now reading those 2 lists is a twice daily practice that I rarely miss, even though I am no longer tracking it.  In other words it has become a habit.  I also am consistent with some other habits such as writing 10 things I am grateful for each morning and reading some form of inspiration each day.  I find that since I do all three of these first thing in the morning, when I do one it reminds me to also do the others.  The habits reinforce each other.

The other good news is that the more consistent I am with each habit, the better I feel about myself and the easier it is to stay positive and focused.  Each of these habits makes a contribution to a bigger success picture that propels me to achieve my burning desire. 

There are reasons why MFF and Think and Grow Rich are structured they way they are, all we have to do is follow the instructions.

Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA