I love the idea of persistence.Ã‚Â It’s an intriguing concept.Ã‚Â Many times people come up short in achieving their goals because they can see the big picture, but they don’t see all the little details that go into achieving something.Ã‚Â That’s why I’m such a proponent of GTD.Ã‚Â GTD allows you to break down your projects into every feasible action that’s required, from start to finish.Ã‚Â There’s no guesswork to completion, and if you know what always needs to be done, there’s less stress.
This article was partially inspired by a post at the excellent Life Coaches Blog, which included this simple quote:
Ã‚Â I find we often overestimate what we can do in a day, but underestimate what we can do in a year.
Boy, did that hit home for me.Ã‚Â I may have big ideas for this year, but I won’t complete them if I don’t proceed with a steady diligence that can be tracked.
Persistence + Metrics
You need to find a way to measure your goals, no matter what they are.Ã‚Â Most successful people will tell you that measuring goals is the key to achieving anything. Why?Ã‚Â Because measuring what you’ve done gives you motivation to keep going.Ã‚Â And if you keep pushing on, you’ll likely succeed with your goal.
I won’t even go into the standard cliches of the Tortoise and the Hare or the standard “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Yuck.Ã‚Â That’s not really a wise saying, but rather common sense.
But maybe that’s the point.Ã‚Â That’s all persistence really is anyway: Common sense.Ã‚Â It just needs to be weighed and inspected at regular intervals to be truly effective.