©2012, Diligence Eke
Dedicated to Dad and Mom
For teaching me self-discipline while growing up
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“In the confrontation between the stream and rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but
by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown
“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a
fourth in a continuous line, many a man has taken the first step, but with every additional step you
enhance immensely the value of your first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of
perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller
Perseverance is the fourth building block of self-discipline.
Perseverance is continuing to do something in spite of difficulties. These difficulties could be presented
by external factors, or they could come from the inside of you. It could just be your feelings. Whatever
the obstacles or difficulties are, you just hold on and press on even though you feel like quitting.
On your path to achieving any goal at all, for example self-discipline, a lot will happen on the way.
Sometimes you’ll feel much fired up and motivated, but at other times you’ll feel like quitting. It is like a
cycle and it is very normal. However, like someone once put it, it is not your motivation that brings
about the desired results, it is your action! Hence, perseverance helps you to keep taking action
continuously towards achieving your goal, even though you feel like quitting.
When working hard and persevering to add this virtue of self-discipline to your life, your feelings and
desires can stop you short. For example, you just noticed that you usually stopped by a particular shop
every day while returning from work just to buy a particular brand of ice cream. Now you are getting
fatter than you want to and you know you have to do something about the foods you eat.
First step is that you realize you need to put the knife to your appetite for ice creams; second step is that
you decide to quit eating ice creams; third is that you take action (work hard) to stop; and the fourth
step is that you press on (persevere) to live without eating ice creams.
Your body will want it. Your throat will be dry and itch for it. It’d seem as if you can’t do without having
your favorite ice cream. Now you have taken action to quit eating it, but you will go back to it except you
persevere. Perseverance is a very important aspect of self-discipline. You cannot be self-disciplined
without persisting in taking action in the direction of a particular goal.
The same goes for every other aspect of your life where you need self-discipline; your spending; your
relationship; your goals in life; your desires; your personality; your family, etc. You need to persevere in
doing the right thing. Once you identify an area that needs self-discipline, take the decision, apply the
needed action and persevere!
Perseverance is simply taking continuous action.
Perseverance will produce always its own motivation. How is that possible? Perseverance in pursuit of
personal development and productivity is always yields results, and this can be very encouraging. There
is no motivation greater than that which comes as a result of effort on your part. In other words, you are
greatly motivated when you see the positive results of your perseverance.
It’s a cycle. The more you persevere, the more results you see and, of course, the more self-disciplined
you want to be.
I have always been fascinated by computers and the internet. At the same time I loved the knowledge
available to me in the area of personal development and productivity, and I decided to share this
knowledge, hoping to help improve the life of many people and also make some income from it. I must
confess that in the first seven months of hosting my website, tweaking it, writing and publishing, it has
But I kept on. Despite not having support from many people around me, I have been hugely motivated.
My initial motivation came from my fascination with computers, the internet, reading, writing and
sharing, and the passive income potential. However, my motivation now comes from the results am
beginning to see. Initially, traffic to my website was nothing to write home about and it worried me no
end, but that is no more the case. My traffic has been growing and is still growing. Whenever I check my
stats I see many websites I don’t even know linking back to my articles. It’s been great joy for me,
knowing that some people are benefitting from my work.
Same thing goes for your pursuit of self-discipline. Keep persevering and you’ll begin to see positive
You want to put the knife to your appetite and begin to exercise? You want to start waking up early
every day? You want to start keeping promises? You can take that first step today and stick to it! Press
Sometimes you may not get it exactly as you want it, but do not give up. Keep at it. Keep trying. Keep
working towards self-discipline. With time your subconscious will adjust to the commands you are
sending out to it and it has no other option than to obey you.
You want self-discipline? Persevere!