Will Smith explains the simple difference between winning and losing...
He was being interviewed and said, "I am not afraid to die on the treadmill. You will not work harder than me. End of story. You may be smarter than me, more talented than me, have more natural ability than me, however when we get on the treadmill, either you're getting off first, or I'm gonna die running!!"
Will knows that nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence is the ability to maintain action regardless of your feelings. You press on when you feel like quitting. Persistence will ultimately provide it's own motivation. If you simply keep taking action, you'll eventually get results - and results can be very motivating.
I wasn't on the treadmill, but as the Business Development Director at Four Seasons Recruitment, I remember a real example of this was when it took me 10 months to win one of our biggest and most prestigious accounts. I made calls for weeks and weeks and the reply from the client was always the same. They were very happy with their preferred supplier and had no need to use another agency.
But I never gave up. I was incredibly polite, patient and professional at all times and through sheer persistence my client eventually allowed me to present our services in person. From that day onwards and through continued calls and offers of support we were finally allowed a chance to showcase our candidates. We are now their only supplier for all temporary retail support and they are one of our most trusted and committed clients.
Persistence of action comes from persistence of vision. When you're super clear about what you want in such a way that your vision doesn't change, you'll be more consistent (and persistent) with your actions. That consistency of action will produce consistency of results. Always.
Will Smiths mentality can be used in a wide selection of situations from finding a new job, managing a project or building a relationship with a new client.
Remember though, never get off the treadmill, no matter how much it hurts. That's the difference between winning and losing.