How to Have Staying Power for Long-Term Goals

When you have long-term goals, you need something to prevent you from quitting. That’s why it is important to have staying power. But how do you develop it?

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Your staying power is your ability to keep doing something for a long time despite fatigue or difficulty. In effect, it is your physical or mental stamina.

Here’s how you can develop your staying power so you can reach your long-term goals.

How to Make Sure You Don’t Quit

Have you ever started something that you didn’t finish? Did you wish later that you had kept at it? You have the ability to take on new things and finish them. You just need to make sure that you don’t quit.

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I know that sounds easier said than done. But you can develop the ability to see things through. You can achieve things you never thought possible. But it requires staying power. And it requires that you don’t quit.

Here’s a three step process to help make sure you finish what you start and not quit.

Make Progress: Focus on What’s in Front of You

The other day I went on a hike with my family in the woods. On the way there, it was mostly downhill walking. That was the easy part. But I knew in the back of my mind that meant the return trip would be mostly uphill. On our way back, when I saw the path ahead was all uphill, I did not find that encouraging. In fact, it was downright discouraging—and painful to my knees. But I found I could make progress if I focused on what was in front of me.

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You may have the same scenario. You know what you have to do, and it looks daunting. But if you just focus on the steps in front of you, then it can make the journey easier.

Here are three things to keep in mind to help you make progress and not get overwhelmed.

How to Look for Silver Linings in Life’s Setbacks

When everything goes wrong, it’s hard to be positive.  In fact, it’s easy to get downright negative.  But it’s during those times that we need to motivate ourselves to keep going.  And we need to remember the old adage, “Every cloud has a silver lining.”  So in dealing with our disappointments, we need to look actively for silver linings.

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Looking for silver linings is not a waste of time.  It is a focused exercise to train your mind to stay upbeat in the midst of failure.

So here are three things you can think about as you look for silver linings in life’s setbacks.

How to Handle the Pressure in Your Life

We will all have to deal with pressure in our lives.  That’s a fact.  But how we handle it will make the difference.

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God has things He wants to teach us through what we go through.  And these lessons pertain not just to our professional lives, but also to our spiritual lives.  Remember: if success were to come too easy, then we would miss out on the lessons God wants to teach us.

Looking at Romans 5:4, here are three lessons God wants to teach us through learning how to handle pressure.

The Power of Conviction and How You Can Use It

Have you ever marveled at how some people can persevere through anything?  They seem to be able to plow through any obstacle to achieve their goals.  Ever wondered why?  It’s because they have the power of conviction.

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I know some people have a self-confidence that borders on cockiness.  But the power of conviction doesn’t have to be based on our own sense of self-importance.  In fact, it should be grounded on a firm belief of who God is and what He has called you to do.

Here are some examples from Scripture to show that you too can appropriate the power of conviction.

START OVER

Dr. Woodrow Kroll, The Helios Projects

Have you had times when things didn’t work out and you wanted to quit?  Woodrow Kroll understands.  And that’s why he penned the poem START OVER.

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Inspired by my post How You Can Pick Up the Pieces and Start Over, Dr. Kroll sent me this poem that he wrote ten years ago while he was the President and Senior Bible Teacher of the international radio ministry Back to the Bible.

After 23 years with Back to the Bible, Wood retired—but not for long.  Within days of retiring, God prompted Wood to invest his 50 years of ministry experience in starting the HELIOS Projects to train untrained pastors in economically challenged countries.

Let Dr. Woodrow Kroll minister to you in these lines of poetry.  Perhaps you will see your situation in one of the stanzas.  Even if your life, your plans, or your friends have let you down, I hope you will find your way to START OVER.

How to Make Your Church Better

If you are disappointed with the people in your church, you can make your church better.

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But you may say, “You have never been to my church.  What do you do when you are surrounded by apathetic people? Or difficult people? Or annoying people?”

Regardless of the people in your church, here’s what you can do to make your church better.

How to Escape the Snare of Sin When It Seems like There’s No Way Out

The D-Day invasion at Normandy was the decisive operation that turned the tide of World War II.  But it didn’t always look promising in the heat of the battle.  Especially on Omaha Beach.

Omaha Beach seemed impregnable with its high cliffs, depicted in Saving Private Ryan.  Gunfire rained down on the Allied soldiers.  And under the sand, landmines were everywhere.

But in spite of all those dangers, the Allied forces took Omaha Beach.  And over the next week gained control of the entire Normandy coast.  And the following year brought an end to the war.

Sin’s presence in our lives can look much the same way.  Even after Christ has set us free from the penalty of sin, we still have to fight against the power of sin in our lives.

Here are three comparisons between post-D-Day WWII and the continuing fight against sin in our lives.

How You Can Rebound After Failure

Failure.  No one likes the sound of that word.

When we fail, we are tempted to think we’re worthless.  Useless.  No good.

But there is nothing further from the truth.  When we have fallen down professionally or financially, we are not down for the count.

As long as we have breath in our lungs, the final chapter has not been written.

Here are three points to ponder about failure.