IF THERE’S EVER BEEN A TIME in your life to be persistent, it’s right now. Now is the time for you and me and all the folks we know and love to wake up every day with the mindset of “Positive Persistence.”

FYI ACTION IDEA: Do everything in your power to stay motivated and inspired. Read, listen and watch more personal development books, CDs and movies. Hang around positive people in your life who are thriving and who will encourage you to do the same.

Big “by the way:” When I refer to “Positive Persistence” I’m not referring to motivation.

Of course, you must stay motivated and inspired every day. Motivation is like deodorant, it must be reapplied at least every 8 hours. And, you and I know some folks that need to reapply both more frequently.

An inside story: There’s a joke that’s fairly well known in the motivational-speaking business and in some HR departments and executive suites. Maybe you’ve heard it before. But, in case you haven’t, I’m going to share it with you now because it’s clearly illustrates the distinction between being “Positively Persistent” and “motivated.”

“If you send an idiot to a motivational seminar,
he’ll come back to the office a motivated idiot.”

You and I are not idiots. We know the economy is bad and people are struggling. But like you, I chose to not expose myself to the exacerbated redundancy that every so-called “news” channel is airing.

The global and economic news has been so disheartening even NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams asked viewers to send in suggestions for good news. Within two days he was flooded with thousands of responses from people who had good news to share.

So there is “Positive” out there. And people want and need more of it. And via FYI and TGIM and my blog and SelfGrowth.com and whatever other ways we can think of, we’re going to “Persist” in bringing it to you.

FYI Challenge: When we do, you must do your part.

Today is the day: The day to dig your heels in, work harder, work smarter and have a “Positive Persistence” in your demeanor.

There are people all around us claiming defeat. Every word out of their mouths is about how bad the economy is.

And they’re right. Things are bad, not to the extent of The Great Depression, but close, Ronald-Reagan-era close.

It’s a fact. But it’s not time to anesthetize the pain. When there’s pain –

That’s where “Positive Persistence” comes in. Winners will face the challenge.

You and I cannot afford to focus on how bad the economy is, think about it and talk about it, every second of the day.


We have families and companies that are counting us to lead them through, by being smart, strong and persistent.

“POSITIVE PERSISTENCE” IN ACTION: If you feed your belief and your faith, You WILL Persist! You WILL starve fear and doubt to death.

Belief + Faith = Persistence

I’m putting a YouTube link in today’s FYI which I encourage you to watch. It’s from the 2006 movie Facing the Giants. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vB59PkB0eQ

The movie is about belief, faith and persistence. It’s worth the six minutes you’ll invest watching it.

Below are two quotes about persistence. Both are profound and insightful in their own way.

“ Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” - Calvin Coolidge

“Some guys they just give up living, Others start dying little by little, piece by piece, Some guys come home from work and wash up, And go racing in the streets.” - Bruce Springsteen

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Author's Bio: 

Eric Taylor is the Chief Inspiration Officer of SelfGrowth.com and founder of New Jersey based Empowerment Group International. He delivers more than 100 energized and interactive keynotes, workshops and seminars each year to corporations, associations and tradeshows. He is the author of the Energy Passport, Co-creator of the Best Year Ever! Success System and Co-author of The Complete Sales Training Encyclopedia. To get complete details about Eric’s background, his products and services, visit Eric Taylor’s Blog and review Eric Taylor’s Profile.