Finding Commitment and Persistence in the Words of Others
Commitment and persistence, two qualities we need to have to realize the best version of ourselves. I find words of wisdom from people who have succeeded or are similar to where I want to be invaluable. Whether from books, quotes, documentaries I always look for the essence of what made them great and advice I can extract from their words and actions.
For a quick shot of inspiration and a way to refuel my motivation, there’s nothing better than reading a few inspiring words. I tend to get on Pinterest and pin inspirational quotes like a mad woman. I’m inspired by certain quotes more than others. It’s more than likely the level of admiration I have for the person who said it that gets me most.
If you’re looking for inspiration to re-energize your commitment and persistence to getting what you want, find someone you admire and make their words your own. Make them your virtual mentor and listen to their words.
The best and fastest route to replenishing commitment and persistence is to follow the advice of people who have overcome life’s battles.One of my favorite source of good quotes is Coco Chanel. Granted I’m not a fashionista, though I do like clothes. I can’t see myself paying two thousand dollars for a jacket. All things considered, it’s not Coco’s fashion sense that inspires me, and this is not about her business. It’s about her mindset.
Quotes on Commitment and Persistence in the Words of Coco Chanel
Here are some Coco Chanel quotes and my perspective on them. I encourage you to take a deeper look at the quotes that inspire you the most. What’s your perspective and why does it make you feel inspired?
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.”
I always say a person will hit their head on a brick wall trying to break it down when they should have found a way around it. An example of where commitment and persistence go too far in the wrong direction. Coco’s concept is similar, stop trying so hard, find a different way to get what you want. Get a new angle.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
We need this reminder sometimes. We get so consumed in ourselves and trying to protect and preserve our dignity. We lose our vulnerability and vulnerability is courage.
Have the courage to say what others are thinking. Be the person that lets others know they’re not alone. Not only will they be thankful to you but oddly enough vulnerability is an admirable trait.
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
You are unique, stop trying to be like everyone else it only weakens your brand. You may not own a business, but you still have a brand. You have a style all your own that’s valuable and unique. There’s no need to do what everyone else has already done, just be you, be different.
I’m an INFJ personality type. If you follow these things, you know this is very rare and unusual. Less than 1% of the population has this personality. At first, this made me uncomfortable. It confirmed that I’m too different. When I read quotes like this, my commitment and persistence for being true to myself go through the roof. I’m proud to be who I am. I’m different, but I own it.
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“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
How many times has someone told you there’s no way you’re going to realize the things you dream of doing? Maybe your inner critic says this. She’s a little monster, so I’m sure she has. Too many people are already doing it. There’s a saturated market. What do you know? Do these questions sound familiar?
No one knows the future, don’t listen to anyone or anything but your own heart. Take the leap and ignore that little monster in your head, she’s way too protective.
“Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it’s not luxury.”
Coming from Coco Chanel, I would suspect this is about clothing. For me, this has a way deeper meaning. I spent years trying to create some ideal. When I achieved my idea of wealth and power, I never had the time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I had only a small amount of time with the people that mattered most.
You may climb to a certain point on the ladder of success and realize everything that matters to you is nowhere in sight. You have to re-evaluate what it is you want. You can work like a dog to live in a fancy home and drive a fancy car. What’s the benefit if all you do is work?
“Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”
I’m all about mindset. For me, Coco is only confirming what I already know. Everything is about mindset.
“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.”
Honestly, I’m not quite sure what she meant by this, but the idea of it draws me in. People always have an instinctive desire for authenticity. That’s true for most. When times are hard, we become so much more aware of falsehoods. That awareness brings us down even further, so we seek authentic people that will lift us up.
“Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.”
Okay, not sure why she compared us to hens but as an introverted woman I tend to come across as gentle, shy, awkward in social situations. You know, all the cliches apply here. When it comes to business, be it mine or a company that I’m working for I know what needs to get done. Believe me. I’m getting things done.
From my perspective, this is another way of saying step up, play the game, learn to do what you have to do. Yes, your quiet and you’d rather live in your head at times. Still, there will come a time or two where you have to demand what’s best for you. Demand it from others but especially from yourself.
“Great loves too must be endured.”
No, I didn’t put this in here because I want to give you advice on your love life. Not every love is a person. One of my greatest loves is writing, but sometimes it causes me so much anxiety. There are moments my mind won’t cooperate. I can’t find the right angle, and nothing makes sense.
When I have this anxiety, I hate writing. My commitment and persistence to become a good writer are out the window. Everything I produce is nonsense. Sometimes I can’t keep my butt in the chair long enough to produce nonsense.
Nothing is easy. You will always have difficulties. Even if you could choose every aspect of your life, the perfect life is not perfect. You will suffer for what you love at some point. If you’re like me, you’ll feel it a few times a week.
“If you’re sad if you have a heart ache put on lipstick and attack.”
This quote is not about being mean or vicious. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We always feel the urge to protect our mushy emotional selves.
These words mean something different for me. Since I started working from home, I spend a lot of time alone in front of my computer. It gets lonely, and in some ways, my heart aches. When this feeling comes along, I know I need a shift in mindset.
What better way to change your mindset than to look your best? Getting dressed up. Looking polished and put together always makes me feel better. There are periods I spend days wearing sweatpants and feeling uninspired. When you feel this way, dress up. Put on some lipstick or change the scenery. Then get ready to take on the world. You can always get back to your creative cave and attack again tomorrow.
“The best color in the whole world is the color that looks good on you.”
As women, we all need this reminder. How many times have you gone down the rabbit hole of who’s doing what and how much better they are than you?
In the end, they’re them, and you’re you. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, be genuine with yourself. Some will connect with you and some won’t, you’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but you are the best you there is or ever will be. (I love it when I rhyme without trying.)
What are your favorite quotes?
To whom do you feel connected? It doesn’t necessarily have to be who they are as a person. You could admire what they’ve achieved or their triumphs.
What does who you admire say about you as a person? Pay attention to the people that draw you to them. When you don’t know who you are as a person, start paying attention. The people you connect to hold a lot of clues to your identity. Spend some time thinking about this. You might make some connections for yourself.