Four steps to developing persistence:
Step 1: A Definite purpose backed by burning desire for its fulfillment.
Step 2: A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
Step 3: A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences (including friends and family).
Step 4: A friendly alliance with one more more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.
How powerful is that? Talk about a plan that you could stick to. I nearly printed it out and stapled it to my forehead.