4 Powerful Ways To Persevere So You Can Reach Your Goals!

Written by Cece and Mark

Sometimes it feels so easy to give up…but giving up in life won’t enable you to achieve your goals.

That’s where the power of perseverance comes in.

Because everyone from Olympic athletes to billionaire business tycoons to successful everyday people know one thing: They know that without the ability to truly persevere, they simply would not have made it to where they are today…they would not have achieved their goals and dreams.

4_powerful_ways_to_persevereAnd without perseverance, neither can you.

So, whether you’re aiming for the stars or want to reach a “smaller” goal that’s important to you, you’re going to need to know how to persevere – because there will inevitably be times when things just don’t seem to be going your way…when you’re so down or stressed that giving up seems the best option.

So, here are 4 tips to ensure that you persevere in love, work and life, and that you don’t give up… even when the going gets tough:

1- Stay Rationally Optimistic. Okay so maybe things don’t always go exactly as you planned. Maybe you sometimes face unanticipated challenges or things just don’t happen as fast or as easily as you’d like them to. That’s OK. Because the more you live life, the more you’ll see that things usually happen differently than we expected…But they do happen for the best and usually they turn out quite well :). So take it easy and stay rationally optimistic.

2- Embrace Your Setbacks. You’ll find that most millionaires, billionaires, and hugely successful people in general say that some of their greatest “setbacks” were actually indispensable components of their success. Often, without these so-called “setbacks” they would not have learned what was necessary to achieve their success. So be sure to embrace your so-called setbacks as opportunities to learn more…it’s very likely that these frustrations are indeed vital elements to your ultimate happiness and success.

3- Take Breaks. Really…Don’t work yourself to death as you try to reach your goals! Take breaks. Meditate. Read. Sip some tea. Live a little. Sometimes our greatest insights and creative solutions come during those moments when we give ourselves a break. We now know that Einstein achieved many of his ground-breaking creative insights during his “down time,” when he wasn’t in the lab hard at work.

…And the most mechanical fundamentals of your brain work the same way as Einstein’s did (we humans are all fundamentally built the same way). So, next time you’re in need of a truly creative solution or “ground-breaking idea” for your goal, do the counter-intuitive thing: take a relaxing break.

4- Realize You’re Always Right Where You Need To Be. No matter how close you are to your next goal, chances are you already have another one in place don’t you? That’s how life IS! So don’t beat yourself up about not being “there” yet, because the truth is that right now at this very moment you are exactly where you should be on your journey toward success.

Ahhhh… at last… you can finally persevere in stress-free happiness. :)

So next time you feel like giving up, or even if you just need a motivational pick-me-up, look over these four tips. You’ll be back on your feet in no time…and you’ll arrive at your next goal in both happiness and success.

What do YOU do to persevere when the going gets tough? Have additional tips for attaining your goals and achieving success? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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About the author

Cece and Mark

Cece Suwal and Mark Brener are coauthors of the national bestseller, A Guide To Your Supreme Power and cofounders of The One World Initiative, where you can discover your path to money, love, power, success, life purpose, and meaning in their free-mini course. They co-host a weekly radio show called Finding Your Supreme Power and inspire tons of people each week on finding happiness.


  • Thanks for talking about this! Perseverance is so important in all aspects of life. I truly believe all the obstacles on my path have occurred to teach me a lesson, even though at the time I may not have wanted to learn it. You give great advice! The only tip I would add is to have an amazing group of people in your life who love you deeply and want what’s best for you. You will have days when even though you try, it will be really hard to keep going; their presence helps you persevere! You can’t always do everything by yourself :) Thanks again!

  • Terrific tips – the only thing I would add is I do think it’s a good idea to periodically review the goal itself. For better or worse, sometimes we get stuck on a goal that 1) we were never that committed to in the first place, 2) life has a way of changing and so do priorities – does the goal still fit with our priorities? And, 3) the goal was actually someone else’s goal for us and we were sucked in out of a sense of duty or just got caught up in the adrenaline rush. Example – someone who goes to medical school to please the parents even though her secret dream is to be an artist.

  • So true. You must realize that you are exactly where you need to be. Most of us only realize this after the moment has past. If we could keep this in mind from the beginning, it would help us to not stress out so much.

    • Exactly KarenYvonne… So many of us are so busy chasing this idea of who we think we should be by now that we’re missing the perfection of the moment. And the truth is that where we are right now in work, love, and life is exactly where we should be at this very moment. Sure we’ll grow and get better etc. but the moment truly is perfect as is!

  • I feel better! It seems like it’s taking forever to reach my goals, but in truth, they are much closer than it appears. These are refreshing tips to stay motivated, especially the tip about taking a short break. Sometimes taking a break gives you an opportunity to move in a different direction but still aiming at the same ultimate goal. Great post – Thanks!

    • Especially if the emotional hook is overwhelmingly positive…Afterall, who would want to miss experiencing the joy of reaching our goals?! Thanks for your comment Fredrik!

  • These are so true. The article is really helpful for people who are having a hard time with their goals. I like what you said about being rationally optimistic. Some people tend to become too optimistic even when there’s really nothing you can do about a failure. So being rationally optimistic helps with knowing when to stop being optimistic and just accept defeat and start over.

    • True Jorge. We’d even go so far as to say there’s no real “failure” just learning what not to do. When someone asked Edison about his thousands of failures when making the lightbulb he said…”those weren’t failures!I already learn a thousand and one ways NOT to make the bulb. This is execllent!” Funny huh?

  • So true Cece and Mark. Learning to let go once and a while and take a break was one of the key decisions that helped me to achieve my goals more easily. Often times, we can get carried away with our goals and push ourselves way too hard, causing us to “run out of gas” on our journey.

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