Perseverance is undoubtedly an important aspect of success despite your title or
status in life. The saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” means that few individuals are able to achieve great things without first overcoming obstacles that stand in their way. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a manager, or an experienced executive you will be challenged and sometimes you will fail.
These instances seem to be omnipresent don’t they? Perhaps they stand out to us because adversity is an accepted fact of life for most and relating and understanding is like case method, by studying how someone you admire managed obstacles provides valuable lessons for you. Clarity in these moments is your greatest advantage.
Think of these situations as moments designed to increase self-awareness, instill confidence and build character because these are the gifts they leave behind, potentially. Like the discipline involved with communicating effectively, perseverance is also a skill. Your ability to understand and effectively deal with what stands between you and attaining your goal is akin to a rite of passage marking your progress from one stage to another – one that is made easier by a 6-step process I developed for coaching called CLUTCH.
Clearly identify the obstacles in the situations.
Look beyond the frenzy, which is typical in these situations, and challenge convention as both usually are masking a greater opportunity.
Unravel and the factors problem in order to isolate and focus on root cause.
Tease out your options in the situation for solving the issue and prioritize “the opportunity.” (The is usually at least one.)
Consult your team and supporters, agree on the course of action and execute.
Hone your ability to apply structured, disciplined thinking when faced with obstacles to be able to persist and persevere in difficult situations in all areas of work and life.
A few other important tips to consider during what can be high stress moments for many.
Practice detachment. Remind yourself it’s not personal so do not allow yourself to behave as though it is. How you think and speak about the factors of the situation will largely inform how you and others view and respond to them. Language is very important in these moments because words can be triggers.
While the moment may force you outside your comfort zone, this discomfort results in a stretching or development that is essential for progressive and sustained success.
Focus at these moments often increases effectiveness. Yes it may test your metal, but summon your inner victor and your network (consult others). Someone will have insight into your situation because of a similar experience.
Remember GUP (grace under pressure) and GUF (grace under fire) are cousins of steely resolve; so lean in.
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