This talent is so effective at producing success as it allows the time to collect a huge amount of data through feedback, each punch that is taken contains a nugget of information that’ll help inform the next punch back. These returns will get bigger and more effective over time as the data pool grows. Continual improvement at a high level necessitates taking shots, these shots will come regardless, the successful are those that take them, stay standing and learn from them.
There is also an element of pressure here, which is something that is regularly discussed in sporting contexts. I’ve played in several underdog teams where we have set goals of ‘being in the game’ in the closing stages. The theory being that pressure does weird things to people, if you are in the game and applying that pressure then you may end up being the beneficiary come the closing moments.
So how can we look to develop this attribute? For me it starts with purpose. If you are 100% invested in what you are doing because you completely believe in it then you are in a significantly stronger position when the blows start coming. If you don’t believe in what you are doing you’ll soon find that you have little stomach for the fight. Next it is about a simple commitment to yourself that, no matter what, you will see this out to the closing rounds. Embed this dogged persistence into your psyche, be gritty, see failures as learning opportunities and tough times as the perfect opportunities to practice your new mind-set.
Very few people have the ability to stay in the game which is why relatively few people are truly successful. If you want to become one of the few then write down your purpose, what is the thing you want your life to be remembered for? Then, every day, write down how you demonstrated staying power and what you learnt. You will soon notice your successes increasing and your failures driving them. You can’t win the fight unless you’re in it, so stay there, stay there until it is only you there.