Sometimes when people set out to accomplish a new goal, they put all of their interest in taking that first step. In fact, they make all kinds of plans and goals before they ever begin and then focus solely on the first portion of the journey. It’s almost as if they enter a race at a sprint, but then tire out before they ever finish the first lap. If you ask any runner for the key to success, they will tell you that it is endurance. If you want to be successful in any goal, you need to learn persistence. Here are three steps to successfully measure your degree of persistence and determine whether you have what it takes to finish strong.

  1. How Badly Do You Want It?  Is this a goal that you really want to accomplish? If it means enough to you, you will do whatever it takes to get to the end of your journey. Think about how long you are willing to work to achieve your goal. Would you be willing to work on it forever if that is what it took? By acknowledging how much time you are willing to invest in the work, you can quickly measure your persistence and how relevant this particular goal is to your life.   2. Are You Willing to Face the Obstacles?  Anything worth having is worth fighting for. In any journey of life, you will face obstacles, but a good measure of your persistence is whether or not you will fight through the challenges. If you aren’t willing to face the obstacles, your persistence power is not as good as it should be.   3. Will You Do Whatever It Takes to Achieve It? As you think through the possible scenarios that might come up on your journey, consider what lengths you will go to in order to succeed. Are you willing to make some hard sacrifices if that is what it takes to achieve your goals? If you have true persistence, you will continue running the race despite rain, snow, sleet, or storms. The same is true in our goals. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes if you want to achieve your dreams.   As you consider these three questions, you will soon be able to measure your degree of persistence. If you find that you are more of a sprinter than a long distance runner, you may need to adjust your goals to be more appropriate for your persistence measurement. If you tend to do well in the short-term goals, but then falter in long-term goals, make an adjustment. Set smaller goals to help you achieve landmarks on the bigger journey. By focusing on each small goalpost, you will still achieve your greater goal, but you will work within your own personal measure of persistence to insure your success.