Persistence

Persistence is defined as being firm or obstinate in continuance of an action in spite of difficulty or opposition. In order to live a victorious life, persistence is required. This does not mean foolhardiness such as running in freezing rain just because you are a runner. Some things don’t make sense. One day off isn’t going to turn you into a sack of potatoes. A week off won’t either. Life happens and sometimes we have to make allowances for sickness and extenuating circumstances but most of the time we have to find a way to stay on program. You know if you have a reason to deviate from training or your eating plan. You also know if you are making an excuse. You are the one who will benefit or lose ground. It’s entirely up to you.

To develop persistence it’s necessary to:

1-Identify your wants and desires.

If you know what you want, you more likely to do what’s necessary to get it.

2-Determine your motivation.

If you understand your reasons for wanting something you will be more likely to be willing to do the work.

3-Make an outline to guide your course of action.

If you have a plan it’s easier to get it done.

4-Keep a positive mental attitude.

Keeping a good mindset will help you avoid stress eating and wallowing in self pity. You will have more energy to pursue your health incentives.

5-Surround yourself with supportive people.

Associate strictly with people who will help you stay on track. If family is not supportive, limit their access to you and you be the one in control when you are around them.

6-Develop discipline and habits that create health.

Some research says that it takes 21 days for a repeated action to become a habit. Some research suggests 66 days. However long it is for you, just do the right thing until it is your default. Less effort will be required to create a healthy life after doing the right thing becomes a habit.

You are in control of your life. Create health. Be persistent and reap the benefits of doing the right thing, over and over. You will be amazed at the results.

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