The final lesson in this series I want to share is about persistence. Nothing is possible without being persistent, and knowing that has changed my entire outlook.
Earlier this year, my life felt like a roller coaster. I was up and down and all over the place. Frankly, I was sick of falling down and felt everything in my life was out of control. What upset me the most was that I knew my reaction to things would shape me more than the circumstances around me would. But even knowing that wasn’t enough for me to react positively.
So I decided I had to turn things around, actually turn my life around. I decided this in February this year and posted my first post in this series on 26 February. My intention was to take eight weeks to “turn my life around” and blog about it. I made it my mission to try the principles I was writing about and apply it to my own life.
If you have been following me, you already know how slow my progress has been. I have fallen not just out of the habit of blogging, but out of the driver’s seat of my life…multiple times. And I’ve had countless conversations with some of my close friends and family who have been there too. So if you are feeling the same, I want to encourage you to keep going because one thing that I’ve learnt in these last few months is that, “turning your life around” is not a once in a lifetime event. You have to do it everyday, persistently.
When you want your life to change, it’s inevitable that you need to take action and direct your life towards some other path. And yes you will fall, sometimes over and over again, but you don’t have to stay fallen. Have you ever physically fallen down and voluntarily stayed there? I hope not! So just like picking up yourself physically, we have to do it mentally.
A few days ago when I was thinking about changing things around me, I thought:
“It’s actually quite simple. All I have to do is a keep going.”
I know that sounds very basic, and maybe it is. But it felt I like I was having a huge eureka moment.
“Life is not complicated. All you have to do is keep trying!”
Persistence pushes people to where they want to be. It is like this golden rule that doesn’t seem to get enough limelight. It seems too simple, and a bit too boring, to be able to cause some sort of lasting effect in our lives. But it does! Successful people have used persistence over and over again to get where they are. It does not produce quick results, but it produces results that matter. It hit me like a tonne of bricks, if I want my life to change in the long term, I have to embrace persistence.
Persistence always wins
If you keep going and keep doing what you love there is no reason why you should not succeed. In fact, you even get better at what you’re trying to achieve. The more you persist with a habit or a goal the better you get at delivering it.
But Being persistent doesn’t mean you won’t fall.
Cause you will. Persistence is about falling and getting up again. And doing that over and over and over. It’s about not losing hope and not letting failure get you down.
Sometimes you might be trying for a very long time, but nothing has changed. I was in that spot a few months ago, and boy does it get to you! The only thing that gets us through, is getting back up and doing it yet again even if you don’t see results. Because even if you’re not seeing results (yet) you’re building something even more important—your resilience. The more resilience you build, the better you get at handling “life”. And slowly but surely, going at it, again and again, will start showing some results and it is the most rewarding feeling ever!
Turning your life around is a lifelong journey
This journey is never going to end and I’ve finally grasped how it’s not about here and now. It’s about what I’m building for myself.
I really hope these series have helped you, if you’re going through a hard time I feel for you and wish I could give you a big warm hug.
Remember to believe that you can get out of this. Yes, you can! You can push through the rough times and keep going.
Good luck with everything!