Introduction To Perseverance

Perserverance is a JouneyPerseverance is steadfastness in our efforts when something is difficult or takes longer than expected to succeed. We can remain dedicated to something despite difficulties. When the goal we are pursuing is not immediately attained (Shahid, 2018). 

The term “grit,” which was coined by researcher and psychologist Angela Duckworth, is defined as “passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals” (Baruch-Feldman, 2017). Grit is closely related to persistence.

You can develop certain personality traits, such as perseverance. Character (environment, experience, and education) and temperament (genetics) are both factors that influence personality. 

Perseverance primarily belongs to the second category of character: where a person’s upbringing, life experiences, and education influence how much they persevere. People who lack perseverance can learn the skill at any time and develop it to the fullest extent possible (Constantin, 2020).

You must first deliberately decide to persevere. You might choose to give up before making the difficult decision to move forward. You have the option of either accepting the challenge or avoiding it. Since perseverance is a habit, this deliberate choice lays the groundwork for perseverance to be built.

Choosing to keep going in the face of difficulty, even when you know success is unlikely, is a lifelong decision. It is the ability to keep working toward a goal no matter what obstacles appear until the end and doing this repeatedly until this merely becomes a pattern of being or acting (Constantin, 2020).

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The Advantages of Persistence.

The Advantages of Perserverence













We can gain many advantages by sticking with a task in the face of difficulty. It enhances our quality of life in all areas—personal, professional, and social.




A commitment to something even in the face of difficulty or delay is known as perseverance. Being committed to a goal or process despite knowing that success or the desired result won’t come quickly fosters patience. The ability to control oneself and postpone gratification is what patience is all about. Once more, choosing to persevere even in the face of arguments for quitting helps us build the muscle of restraint that enables us to put situations on hold rather than immediately satisfying our desires (Orloff, 2012). 


A better mental state.


An attitude of persistence and enhanced mental health go hand in hand. According to a study titled “Relationship Between Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies and Future Change in Common Mental Health Problems Over 18 Years,”. Abnormal Psychology Journal.

In the paper, data from an 18-year longitudinal study conducted on the same group of participants between 1995 and 1996, 2004 and 2005, and 2012 and 2013 were discussed. The degree of goal persistence, self-mastery, and positive reappraisal was measured using scale-based questionnaires that participants completed during each evaluation.

Results showed that over the entire 18-year study period, participants’ rates of depression, anxiety, and panic disorders were lower among those who had more goal persistence and higher levels of positivity from the time of the initial assessment period.

Nur Hani Zainal, a researcher at Pennsylvania State University, was the study’s primary author.




The ability to deal with and bounce back from the difficulties and challenges we face in life is known as resilience. It is our ability to cope with and get through stressful and challenging experiences rather than letting those experiences win us over. Positive thinking is one of many factors that helps people develop a resilient mindset; it is also one of the most important.

Across 18 years, the study “Relation Between Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies and Future Change in Common Mental Health Problems”. The study also found that persistence fostered a sense of purpose that led to resilience in addition to the findings mentioned above.

Over the course of the 18-year study period, people were able to use the explanatory technique known as positive reframing to look for the positives in potentially hopeless situations, which enabled them to change course and overcome challenges and preservere. (Bergland, 2019).




Your level of focus on any particular goal increases when you decide to stick with something despite the difficulty. The objective becomes your primary focus as a way to maintain your commitment and connection, enabling you to push through any challenges you may encounter (Colan, 2015).





Perserverance leads to an increase in competence as well. This is due to the fact that committing to something for an extended period of time frequently entails an extended period of learning and growth; it is through times of struggle and difficulty that we acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources that enable us to improve our competence and, ultimately, our success over the long term (Colan, 2015).

Using a variety of persistent strategies, graduate students were able to succeed under institutional circumstances that caused other students to fail or drop out, according to a 2014 study. These students not only outperformed other students who left the academic program but also outperformed other students who stayed in the program academically (Madhlangobe, L. Chikasha, J. , Mafa, O. , and P. Kurasha. , 2014).

This showed a higher degree of academic proficiency and skill mastery, which are related to higher degrees of perseverance.





Taking on a challenge and succeeding at it are the two things that boost our confidence the most. When we encounter difficulty and decide to push through it and work to overcome it, we show ourselves that we are capable and competent. In order to develop resilience when we face future challenges, this demonstrative act helps us increase self-belief and confidence in our abilities (Colan, 2015).





How well we can adapt to new situations is referred to as our level of adaptability. Most of the adversity we experience is unanticipated. Most of the time when we have to persevere, we weren’t prepared for the challenge that suddenly appeared. By doing so, we develop our capacity for adaptability and learn how to deal with unforeseen situations. These hypothetical situations give us a better chance of responding quickly and effectively to other situations we might encounter in the future


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Perseverance And Its Relation To Motivation.

Perserverence is about Learning to Over comeWe can improve and strengthen our motivation by implementing a variety of belief systems and concepts.

Growth Mentality.

A growth mindset is the conviction that one can learn and develop, according to Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist. Dweck claims in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success that:

People with a growth mindset essentially think that their abilities can be developed with effort, smart tactics, and feedback from others (Dweck, 2008). This mentality can increase motivation because it makes one feel stronger.

Boundaries don’t exist when you believe in your capacity to learn new things or hone your skills. You’re inspired to experiment, explore, take chances, and seize opportunities as a result of the fact that you’re not afraid to do these things.



Optimism is the mental attitude in which a person sees the positive side of everything. Optimists typically exhibit higher levels of self-efficacy in their capacity to carry out their duties well and accomplish set objectives. They also tend to be more self-confident. In difficult circumstances, optimism is associated with lower stress levels and better coping skills.

This is due, in part  to the relationship between optimism and intrinsic motivation (self-generated drive). The tendency to anticipate positive rather than negative outcomes is known as optimism.

A statement or idea like “Good things happen to be every day” is an example of a control belief. .

This intrinsic motivation is propelled by optimism, which acts as an underlying current that motivates perseverance (Chaturvedi).



Beliefs that support one’s actions are referred to as enabling beliefs. This belief essentially asserts that an individual has the power to influence or exert control over their own life.

This ends people’s feelings of helplessness and increases their sense of control over their lives. Your motivation and sense of empowerment increase when you believe you have some degree of control over the events in your life (Sanger Learning Center, 2020). As a result, you are more motivated to act and more involved.

Beliefs That Reduce Motivation.

Perserverence is about staying positiveThere are beliefs that can work in our favor and boost our motivation, just as there are beliefs that can harm us and sap it.

Fixed Mentality.

The idea that learning ability is fixed and unchangeable is a cornerstone of the fixed mindset. Essentially, it is the notion that once one reaches a certain level of knowledge or skill, they will always remain at that level. (Mindset by Carol Dweck)

This mentality reduces motivation because it makes failures and mistakes into personal attacks. Because you firmly believe that your abilities cannot be improved upon, it prevents you from dedicating any time, effort, or resources to a cause or goal (Pollock, 2020).



The definition of pessimism is the propensity to see only the worst in people and situations and to anticipate only the worst outcomes. In the future, a circumstance, or a person (including oneself), lacks hope or confidence.

A persistently negative outlook can lower motivation, according to research. This is so because people with pessimistic attitudes tend to have or set low expectations, which lowers their desire, drive, and performance (Norem).



The notion that a person is sabotaging their own efforts is known as a self-sabotaging belief. 

This mindset, which is essentially hopelessness, saps motivation and stops someone from wanting to try anything because they believe it is already doomed to fail (Sanger Learning Center, 20 ).

Other Strategies for Developing Perserverance

Perserverence as an eternal symbol There are additional ways to develop perseverance in your life in addition to having a strong belief system. The next section outlines some additional ways that perseverance can be displayed.


Develop a Vision.


Your commitment and perseverance in the face of difficulties will improve if you have a larger goal in mind. When you are connected to a larger vision, it serves as a reminder of your motivation. It is your why, the reason you are doing this and why you shouldn’t quit when things get tough.


Define Your Goals Clearly.


Undefined goals are challenging to commit to long-term. To connect with your goals and persevere through hardship, you must be aware of what you are pursuing. Your larger vision will appear more attainable and possesses structure when you have goals within it. These goals will also serve as targets and benchmarks. To actually aid in guiding the process, goals should be SMART—specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely (Muguku, 2018).


Establish a Support System.


When it comes to building perseverance, having the support of others can be a great asset. Let’s face it, there are very few things we can actually accomplish on our own. We should never underestimate the importance of others in our lives.

In fact, the assistance we receive from others can lift some of our burdens, enabling us to persevere in the face of adversity. While attempting to overcome a struggle on our own could result in failure or a hasty exit (Muguku, 2018)




Reframing is the process of changing how we perceive a current event or circumstance in order to see it in a new light. Positive reframing entails choosing to intentionally look for the positives in situations and circumstances that are typically viewed as challenging or negative.


According to the challenge-hindrance stressor framework studied by Cavenaugh and colleagues in 2000, people were more likely to solve problems and move forward if they reframed them and approached them with curiosity (Pennock, 2014).


This encouraged tenacity because it helped people see challenges as chances for growth and improvement thanks to the more optimistic perspective (the challenge perspective) that was purposefully promoted. As a result, they persisted and ultimately grew more resilient. This meant that people faced difficulties and overcame them.




After about three weeks, according to research, those who practice gratitude for a few minutes each day start to automatically scan their thoughts for positives as opposed to negatives.


By training our brains to automatically view difficulties through a positive lens, practicing gratitude encourages perseverance and enables us to accept difficulties and learn from them (Pennock, 2014). When we see the positives more than the negatives, we move forward despite difficulties

Next Steps and Final Thoughts

Perserverence  moving forwardWhat is evident is that motivation is a multifaceted and complex process that can be influenced by a number of factors, including activation, intensity, and perseverance. Motivation is influenced by the relative strength of each of these components, and there are numerous variables that can have an impact on perseverance alone. Our beliefs or belief systems are among the factors that have the greatest impact.

Feelings of hopelessness and the idea that making an effort is pointless because one has a fixed mindset, pessimism, or self-sabotaging beliefs can be overcome.  

On the other hand, a growth mindset, optimism, or enabling beliefs promote feelings of optimism and hope because they create a sense that one can overcome obstacles. Thus, even if success is not immediately attained, there is an intrinsic motivation to persevere through difficulties and challenges until it is.

Beliefs are a powerful source of drive that used in conjunction with other strategies develop a persistent mindset. Through continued application and practice, persistence and motivation develop to the point where they come naturally.

Each of us should work to make it a regular habit of cultivate positive beliefs.

Recommended Books

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Mindset by Carol Dweck


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