You MUST NOT Be Defeated

Maya Angelou

You may encounter many defeats,

but you must not be defeated..

it’s necessary..

so you know what you can rise from..” 

~ Maya Angelou

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7 Perseverance Quotes That Inspire Me

 

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Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. ~Marie Curie

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. ~Samuel Johnson

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~John D Rockefeller

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ~John Q. Adams

The Continuous Improvement Formula

Japanese symbol for Kaizen. "Literally means improve for the better" (Loosely translated: continuous improvement)

NOTE FROM COACH O: My friend from Twitter, Coach Bob Starkey, has really renewed my interest in ALL THINGS BRIAN TRACY! Brian is a great thought leader & has helped my personal growth in amazing ways!

As coaches/leaders who want to grow, we are always striving for continuous improvement. I found the following in his archives & immediately sparked some new thinking in me and I share with you! Enjoy…

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The Continuous Improvement Formula

By: Brian Tracy

  • Put Your Career on the Fast Track

There are many things you can do to put your career onto the fast track. You can set clear, specific goals for each area of your life and then make plans to accomplish them. You can plan your work and work your plan.

  • Ask For Greater Responsibility

You can accept 100% responsibility for everything you are and everything you become. You can refuse to make excuses or to blame others. You can tell your boss that you want greater responsibilities and then when you get them, put your whole heart into doing an excellent job.

  • Utilize Your Inborn Talents

In the parable of the talents in the New Testament, Jesus says, “Oh good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over small things. I will make you master over large things.”

If you too will carry out every assignment to the very best of your ability, you will be given larger and more important things to do and you’ll be paid more as a result.

  • Dedicate Yourself to Continuous Improvement

The key to long term success is for you to dedicate yourself to continuous improvement. If you become one tenth of one percent more productive each day, that amounts to 1/1000th improvement per working day. Is that possible? Of course it is!

  • Improve A Little At A Time

If you become one tenth of one percent more productive each day, that amounts to one half of one percent more productive each week. One half of one percent more productive each week amounts to two percent more productive each month and 26% more productive each year.

The cumulative effect if becoming a tiny bit better at your field and more productive amounts to a tremendous increase in your value and your output over time.

  • How to Double Your Productivity

Twenty-six percent more productive each year, with compounding, amounts to doubling your overall productivity and performance every 2.7 years. If you become 26% more productive each year, with compounding, times 10 years, you will be 1004% more productive over the next decade. That is an increase of ten times over ten years.

  • The Reason For All Great Successes

This is called the Law of Accumulation, or the Principle of Incremental Improvement. It is the primary reason for all great success stories. By the yard, it’s hard. But inch by inch, anything’s a cinch!

  • Become A 1000% Person

Make a decision, right now, to be a 1000% person. Commit yourself to continuous personal and professional development. Read, listen to audio programs and take additional courses. This process will completely transform your life.

  • Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do to put these ideas into action immediately.

First, make a plan to become a little bit better every single day. Learn and apply one new idea each day to help you to become more productive and effective at your work. The incremental affect will amaze you.

Second, be patient. Don’t expect overnight changes or instant results. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. Become a little bit better each day and your future will take care of itself.

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Since Brian already gave us action exercises, I won’t post my usual “3 Pointers”… BUT …

I WILL say: GET TO WORK!!! 

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I’m your partner in the pursuit of excellence!

14 Quotes: Perseverance

Perseverance defined: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. 

—Synonyms

  1. doggedness, steadfastness. Perseverance,  persistence,  tenacity,  pertinacity  imply resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action. Perseverance  commonly suggests activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application: Endurance and perseverance combined to win in the end. (All above from dictionary.com)

 Note from Coach O: Perseverance then simply stated; is NEVER GIVING UP! It is the character trait that makes ordinary man & women, with extraordinary perseverance, accomplish great things!

 Example: It is what we should have as basketball coaches: the determination to NEVER give up on a player…it will help them believe in themselves and accomplish great things. But quite frankly, perseverance should permeate our entire lives!! We should never give up on anything

 So I ask YOU, have you felt like giving up lately? We have all felt that way sometimes (I know I have)…well DON”T! If what you desire is important enough to you, you will find a way to do it. So, until you find a way – persevere….DON’T YOU EVER GIVE UP!

It is my hope & prayer that these “14 Quotes” help you persevere and keep striving for your goals! ~ Coach O

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 Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. ~Dale Carnegie

 Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings

 If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn

 You can’t go through life quitting everything. If you’re going to achieve anything, you’ve got to stick with something. ~From the television show Family Matters

 People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw

 With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

 Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather

 Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. ~Christopher Morley

 Boys, there ain’t no free lunches in this country. And don’t go spending your whole life commiserating that you got a raw deal. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. ~Lee Iacocca

 Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. ~John Albert Michener

 Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it! ~Hector Crawford

 Failure is the path of least persistence. ~Unknown author

 Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas Edison

 Paralyze resistance with persistence. ~Woody Hayes