How persistence can help achieve personal and organisational goals

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Persistence is a level of commitment, making a promise or personal commitment to something, someone, or even yourself, and staying the course even in the face of obstacles. In the workplace, commitment to organisational goals, engagement in the organisation, and efforts to achieving those goals can exhibit persistence and commitment.

Role commitment is the responsibility you may feel to the mission or goals of your team, your department or the organisation. This level of commitment drives an individual to perform their tasks and persist in fulfilling their responsibilities to meet their goals.

Persistence can also indicate a mindset of holding yourself accountable, and focusing on what is important. It means there is a clear vision of goals that you can commit to you and a direction you can follow.

What does a higher score mean?

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You have a high level of persistence and follow through on promises and commitments you make.

What does a lower score mean?

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You are not highly persistent, this may be due to disengagement or dissatisfaction in your role of organisation, or alternately in yourself as you do not hold yourself accountable to your self-commitment.

To nurture your persistence:

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When making a commitment, communicate clearly, set up expectations and create signposts for each achievement as you strive to reach those goals. If you work with a team, ensure you work together to make decisions and commit to goals as a team. Supporting your team and ensuring you work through conflicts will encourage persistence to reach your goal.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you ensure goals are clear and communicated?
  • Are you distracted easily?
  • Are your goals specific and achievable?
  • Have you created accountability by sharing them?
  • Do you communicate your goals and challenges?
  • Do you discuss goals and how to achieve them?
  • Are you able to overcome obstacles?
  • Do obstacles steer you away from your goals?

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