Persist – Don’t Let the Naysayers Get You Down – Lisa J. Lindsay Wicker, Ph.D.

It is often said that greatness is not measured by what is achieved. It is measured by how many times you pick yourself up and try again, regardless of naysayers.

At some point in your life, you are likely to meet people who see the glass as half empty and they will attempt to discourage you from achieving your goals, criticize you at every opportunity or pull out all the stops to bring you down with negative talk.

In some instances, naysayers are those who are close to you such as family, friends, and colleagues.

What naysayers have in common is fear and insecurities. Fear of your achievements and success. They’re afraid, insecure and they lack specific goals. Some naysayers see you as a threat because they have no idea where to start to do what you are trying to do. Even more, they know you will succeed in the face of odds.

So how do you handle the opposing naysayers? Persist.

When someone is persistent, they refuse to give up, hang on, continue to exist, endure, prevail in the face of opposition. Simply put, they pick themselves up and try again. Here are 5 keys to persist in the face of naysayers.

5 Ways to Persist in the Face of Naysayers

Limit your time. Limit the amount of time you spend with negative people who insist on minimizing your goals, vision and dreams. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and have similar attributes and goals. Even if these people are close family members, you can reduce the amount of time you engage with them.

Keep your focus. Stay the course to achieve your goals. Persistent people have a goal or vision in mind that motivates and drives their focus. They see their lives as having a higher purpose than simply earning a living. Their vision is deep and they focus on it constantly.

Commit to being persistent. No matter what naysayers do and say to burst your bubble, sticking with and hanging on to the goal is key. If you care about the goal, it will show in your attitude and actions. People will watch to see how you act, and they will follow your lead. Commitment is contagious to the point where naysayers may change their tune to be more positive.

Rest for a moment. On any journey, there comes a time when rest is needed or you have a misstep. While resting, don’t let the naysayers place fear of the impossible in your mind. Know that you will and can pick yourself up and try again. Your journey has not ended.

Refuse to give up. People who are persistent march to the beat of their own drums and refuse to give up. They know what they want and are seldom swayed by the opinion of naysayers. They are highly persistent to keep it moving without being greatly affected by what others think of them or understand about them. They have a line of sight to their goals and dreams.

There are many people who have persisted to meet their goals despite obstacles. In the words of Nelson Mandela, a leader who never gave up, he said,” I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.

But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

As you can see from Mandela’s example above, obstacles and adversity need not block you from climbing your hill to achieving great things. If anything, persistence is the one attribute that can guarantee your success. Persist!

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