Kay Young Superior, CO, US
Think & Grow Rich – Chapter 9
Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith
Sometimes, I’m on a mission at home of one kind or another and my husband will say, “Are you still doing that?” I'm not sure if that is a positive or negative comment. The following thoughts in this chapter stood out to me and made one thing clear to me about that! I’ll share it at the end of my lesson.
Hill shares principles which must be understood & developed. Though each principle must be enhanced in our lives for success, it must be applied with PERSISTENCE by if we desire to accumulate money.
The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the INTENSITY OF ONE’S DESIRE. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.
Hill makes a huge claim when he states, “Without PERSISTENCE, you will be defeated, even before you start. With PERSISTENCE you will win.”
“Hill states, “POVERTY CONSCIOUSNESS WILL VOLUNTARILY SEIZE THE MIND WHICH IS NOT OCCUPIED WITH THE MONEY CONSCIOUSNESS.” He assumes that the mind MUST ALWAYS be occupied. “A poverty consciousness develops without conscious application of habits favorable to it. The money consciousness must be created to order, unless one is born with such a consciousness.” YEAH…he gives a BIG Clue. Our consciousness is developed or changed by our habits. A big part of having the life we want happens by acquiring NEW HABITS.
“Some men who have accumulated great fortunes, did so because of NECESSITY. They developed the habit of PERSISTENCE, because they were so closely driven by circumstances that they had to become persistent.” When this happens, we usually recognize later what a blessing that necessity was to us.
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—
Definiteness of Purpose, Desire, Self-Reliance, Co-operation, Will Power & Habit. Strengthening each of these 1 by 1, can increase our level of persistence. How to develop each state of mind is taught in one or more chapters of this book.
There are weaknesses which must be mastered by all who accumulate riches. Hill gives a list of 16, Go ahead…take your “persistence temperature,” by checking which symptoms plague you. Then work on at them one at a time.
OR….Go right to the 4 steps Hill gives us to develop persistence.
A DEFINITE PURPOSE BACKED BY BURNING DESIRE FOR ITS FULFILLMENT
A DEFINITE PLAN EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION.
A MIND CLOSED TIGHTLY AGAINST ALL NEGATIVE AND DISCORUAGING INFLUENCES.
A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS WHO WILL ENCOUAGE ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH BOTH PLAN AND PURPOSE.