Persistence: Principle # 7
Lyndia Grant | 9/8/2010, 2:55 p.m.
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,..."Hebrew 10:35-37.
Simply put, stick with it. Don't quit! And, don't take no for an answer. Instead pray daily, use your imagination, and find a way around your obstacles, persistence pays! Hill said something like this about the principle - Persistence.
"Persistence is an essential factor in transmuting desire into good health, to a better job, to increasing your business stream of income, to building the congregation of your church, to your monetary goal no matter what it is you seek.
Today, short attention spans are prevalent in both children and adults with the advent of iPods, cell phones and computer browsers. No wonder folks keep changing from one-thing-to-another without using that old-fashioned elbow grease, that stick-to-itiveness required to win.
Thomas Edison said that 90 percent of people quit 90 percent of the way to accomplishing their goals. These days it is 99 percent who quit a mere 20 percent of the way. Those who persist, win; those who do not, lose; that is as true today as it was 60 years ago when Hill wrote the book, "Think and Grow Rich."
Persistence of bad habits though seems to continue to flourish. Despite the overwhelming evidence that the way we think and what we believe is not producing the results we desire, we persist in hanging on to what does not work.
Many people see small problems, as a major mountain blocking their path. Only a few choose to see a mountain in their path as an opportunity to gain a broader perspective as they continue to travel along life's journey. Persistence turns stumbling blocks into stepping-stones. It is simply a matter of attitude.
Many fail to be persistent for fear of failure. They lose hope. Fear is faith in reverse; fear tolerated is faith contaminated and fear is not of God. Faith comes by hearing, so does fear. Make a choice about what it is we hear and accept. You will not be persistent when you operate in fear; fear will cause you to quit.
For example, when I was planning the grand opening celebration of my company in 1983, I didn't have money to pay for a first class celebration; I was waiting on an unemployment check that would cover six-months of back-pay from my previous job in Oakland, Calif. The office was decorated, nice used office furniture, plants, phones, our business license, and our first dollar bill framed, and proudly displayed. We were excited!
By faith, the celebration was planned: A wonderful menu was confirmed by our caterer, glass dishes, all-top-of-the-line; engraved invitations ordered; guest speakers confirmed who included Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy, Fred Thomas, who at that time was a news anchor at Channel 4, Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis, my office was in her ward, and Council member Nadine P. Winters, since we lived in her ward.
Invitations were dropped in the mail when fear hit me. I thought to myself, "Are you crazy, putting all of these invitations in the mail, and you don't know how you're going to pay for this." Well, too late! They were already in the mailbox when my fear hit me. Thank God, I was operating in faith.
Persist, and operate in faith. Don't move forward on what it is you see. Walk by faith, and not by sight. Believe in God, and know He will be there for you.
It worked, ladies and gentlemen. My unemployment check arrived in the mail within a week of the event and everything worked out wonderfully.
Purpose, passion, plus persistence equals prosperity. Be persistent!
Attend the free workshop,"Choosing Your Future" 9/11/2010. Call 202-518-3192. Visit the website of Lyndia Grant at www.lyndiagrant.com, send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.