These last couple weeks, I've been working quietly on a major overhaul to our training curriculum--something I've been working on without fully realizing it for nearly 30 years! To celebrate getting our three core tracks nailed down, I decided to pull out and update this post from two years ago. It's also a fitting ending to the month of January...
Persistence PaysBy Dan Vis
January 25, 2021
As we draw close to the end of January, and look back over the past month, it's easy to see we've talked a lot about goal-setting, planning, habits, and the like. And if you participated in this year's Rocket Goals program, you may have even put together a strategic plan for the coming year, and have a solid strategy in place to implement that plan. You are ready and waiting to make this coming year, your best year yet!
But one thing more is needed: persistence. Persistence pays.
I often illustrate the compounding power of persistence when talking about Scripture memorization. A person can go through a short course like our Survival Kit and memorize a handful of verses. They might even go through our entire discipleship track, and learn a few dozen. And however positive that experience might be--in the grand scheme of things, it amounts to little if you are not persistent.
With persistence, a couple verses a week can easily become a hundred in a year. A thousand in ten years. And thousands more over the course of a lifetime. If fact, as memorization becomes easier--your pace can accelerate. And the collective impact of all those verses bouncing around in our brain together, creates a literal firestorm of life-changing insights.
Fail to be consistent, however, and your memorization will soon slow to a crawl, and eventually stop. The few dozen verses you did learn will become rusty, have diminishing impact, and eventually fade away. All your hard work in learning them, will result in little or no lasting life transformation.
Consider again the two scenarios: a lifetime filled with living, powerful Scripture imprinted in the heart, and vitalizing the life. Or a distant memory of learning a few verses years prior but long since forgotten. They hardly compare, do they?
And perhaps more important: what makes the difference? Persistence. Persistence pays...
The same thing happens with goal setting and time management. You can spend 10 days putting together a detailed strategic plan for the coming year. And you can even work at it for a few months, and accomplish a few goals. But if you fizzle out down the road, and drift back to old ways--it is unlikely to produce real, lasting impact. Accomplishing a few projects simply won't amount to much in the grand scheme of things.
But consider the alternative again. You not only develop a strategic plan, but you persevere. You work diligently at implementing your plan, you stick to your schedules, you complete your projects. And you continue reviewing and revising your plan, through the months and years to come, so it is always current and in sync with the circumstances of your life. You maintain a clear sense of direction and purpose. For decades, perhaps.
And because you are faithful in achieving your initial goals, new prospects open up for you. You reach health goals, financial goals, relationship goals, education goals, and all the rest. And each of these gives you more resources to pursue greater goals still.
Not only that, but bit by bit, your character begins to change. You gradually become more goal oriented. More motivated. More committed. Your powers of concentration strengthen. You ability to focus deepens. You become a steady, successful finisher. And all of this empowers you to accomplish greater goals as well. Everything builds. Compounds.
On the one hand, you have a nice 10-day experience. Maybe stick with it a month or two--and accomplish a few things. But you slip back into old ways of doing things, and the whole process eventually becomes an increasingly distant memory.
Or, you stick with it. And your life becomes a string of successes. Each equipping you with new and powerful resources. Each cultivating and reinforcing a character able to maximize those resources. Your whole life begins to develop a momentum. An acceleration. It takes you down an altogether different path.
What's the difference? One thing, again: persistence. Without persistence, efforts to change yield minimal results. With it, the benefits of change will grow, compound, and multiply.
How is it with you?
As we close our month, I want to challenge you with the need for persistence. Rarely is anything worthwhile ever achieved without it. Persistence pays.
CommentsDoes persistence come natural to you? Or do you have to work at it? How did the comparison between life with and life without persistence impact you? How determined are you to persevere in your goals for 2018? Leave a comment below...
|Posted by Merilyn Aveling-Rowe on 05/28/23|
|" You not only develop a strategic plan, but you persevere. You work diligently at implementing your plan, you stick to your schedules, you complete your projects. And you continue reviewing and revising your plan, through the months and years to come, so it is always current and in sync with the circumstances of your life. You maintain a clear sense of direction and purpose. For decades, perhaps."
I feel like I'm a dragonfly! Lol. Perhaps I 'identify' as a dragonfly! 🤨
Darting here and there and all over the place.
Perhaps I'm too hard on myself. Perhaps not....
Perhaps I need to go through rocket goals yet again... Yes..
I'd certainly like the quoted paragraph to be true. So.......
Persistence is relatively natural to me once I determine the goal - but setting goals isn't.
I think the answer is to pray for clarity. And take action as goals become clearer.
II Corinthians 8:11Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. comes to mind.
Deciding what actions are priorities is my goal right now.
Prayer for Clarity: Schedules. Then, Diligence. Perseverance & Action.
Going through Rocket goals (yet again) will slow me down here but the key even there for me is II Corinthians 8:11Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
Stop skimming and darting hither and yon. Land...
|Posted by Dan Vis on 03/28/23 - Coach|
|Amen Carlota! Keep sticking with it. The key is consistency! If you can really get the review habits nailed down, your memory will soon start accelerating its ability to retain verses. All the best!|
|Posted by Carlota Belmo on 03/28/23|
|My goals for 2023 is to add more verses to my list, so far it’s been very slow, but I’m not giving up. I want to continue persevering day by day. I know I can be better at it. With God, I can do it!|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 03/16/23 - Coach|
|Make sure you understand how to setup a proper review system Sam, so you know when to advance your verses from daily review to weekly, and monthly. That's the only way to keep making rapid progress. You may also want to sign up for our Breakout Memory Challenge class coming up. This class is loaded with tips on memorization you will find very helpful.
I'd recommend the same for you Barbara, in terms of signing up for that class. It's the best training we offer on memorization!!
|Posted by Lana Rose on 03/15/23|
|I have slacked off, with my memorization and review, but you have inspired me to pick up the pace again and be persistent! Starting that today!|
|Posted by Richard on 12/18/22|
|Thanks that is inpiring as it really boost my moral to be more persistamce|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 12/10/22 - Coach|
|Ha! That's a funny line. :) Thanks for highlighting it Louise. The definite result of persistence over time...|
|Posted by Louise P on 12/10/22|
|‘The collective impact of all those verses bouncing around in our brain together, creates a literal firestorm of life-changing insights.’ What a wonderful image!|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 12/08/22 - Coach|
|Can't wait to see what you come up with Barbara!
That's awesome Tonya. This class has been challenging. But praise God for each person sticking with this!!!
|Posted by Tonya Anspach on 12/07/22|
|Persistence is definitely something I need to work on. But I have to say, just in the time I have been taking this Revival class, I have already become more persistent. So, I KNOW it pays.|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 12/01/22 - Coach|
|Amen! I can definitely tell that this is one of your strengths Deanne! You are going to love our Rocket Goals class...|
|Posted by Deanne Reinke on 11/30/22|
|i have always been goal=oriented and persistent in achieving them. many people say I am an OVER-achiever! My prayer is that I can continue this trend in my SPIRITUAL LIFE where it really counts for SALVATION!!
|Posted by Dan Vis on 02/01/21 - Coach|
|I think you make a really important point about persistence Jesse, that I probably should have worked into this article. Namely, that persistence is driven by purpose. Clear goals. That's so true!
We do have a course you might want to look at called Rocket Goals which goes through the whole goal setting process. You might find that very helpful!
|Posted by Dan Vis on 01/26/21 - Coach|
|That's really awesome Valerie, about the meaning of your name, and how God is leading you to greater and greater clarity about your mission and plans. I say your prayer request in the chapel--and was happy to pray for in this area. All the best going forward! :)
I'm sure that's something we all struggle with at times. Especially if we have a lot of interests and pursuits. But the more clear our mission and purpose becomes (Rocket Goals), the easier it is to stay on track. Really glad to hear you are doing so well with your memorization Terri. I'm sure that has been more than a month now!!!
|Posted by Noemie Ducelien on 10/29/18|
|I do believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.
|Posted by Joyce Augustinis on 10/29/18|
|These points in the article have been true in my life. The persistence turned into accomplishments and a bigger picture of what is important in life and I have experienced success after success. Honestly I have been amazed at how I have changed and grown and it just gives me more and more interest in going forward. II Corinthians 8:11Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. (a lot of trip ups, but the bigger picture overrules)|
|Posted by Louise thompson on 10/29/18|
|No, persistence has not come easy for me. With God’s help and these memorization Bible verses I can begin to be more persistent in my life.|
|Posted by Sherl on 10/29/18|
|No, persistence does not come naturally for me. I am growing in this area and the fruit of this experience in the comparison is motivating and is my desire. I am looking forward to this being the new norm.|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 02/10/18 - Coach|
|It's always a question of growing in key areas without letting other areas slip out of balance, isn't it Kathy! Glad ROCKET could help. :)|
|Posted by Qing Ling on 02/09/18 - Coach|
|Amen Cristina. Thank God for granting us wisdom to keep our life in balance with Him. James 1:5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Your mentioned of 'ordered' also brings to mind one of my key verses for my FOCUS theme word this year - I Corinthians 14:40Let all things be done decently and in order. :)
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