Make Sure You Look Back Years From Now And Be Proud
t’s been a long tiring day. Things are just not turning out the way you had expected. Maybe it’s not worth the while. Maybe you should quit.
Are you tempted to throw in the towel?
Everyone baffle with this choice at some point in their life. It’s easy to stay high when everything looks good and life is going your way. However, when the smoke clears and all the excitement is gone, what’s left is plain old work.
During times like these, how do you stay motivated and follow through on your goals?
To ensure you’re not giving up too soon for the wrong reasons, here are 7 questions you need to ask yourself.
1. Why are you quitting
You need to be clear on why you decide to abandon the task. How far in on the project are you? Have you counted the cost of giving up considering the amount of time and resources you have invested in the goal?
Maybe you’re finding it difficult to fit the time and effort required for the goal into your current schedule. Instead of totally abandoning the idea, consider other ways you can work around it.
Whatever it is, once you’ve identified the causes, you can be more aware of the next steps.
2. Are your reasons stronger than your "why"?
The “why” isn’t just the reason you do what you do, it’s the consistent reminder that helps you stay grounded. It is the motive that keeps you energized and focused. It’s your cause, your purpose, and the drive that got you on the track in the first place.
Are you allowing an insignificant distraction to pull you off-course? Sometimes all it takes is just a little reorganization of priorities and a little more clarity to see your way through the storm. If your “why” is stronger than your excuses, this is no time to consider quitting. Think again about how badly you want this.
Courage is not about having the strength to go on: it is going on when you don't have the strength.
— Theodore Roosevelt
3. Is it worth the fight?
You know for sure what got you geared up enough to kick-start the activity. There was a spark, an inspiration, a trophy that’s waiting at the end. You understood that there will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears involved.
Do you believe the reward at the end of the day is worth the fight? Everything in life worth having doesn’t come easy. You won’t be able to know for sure how things will turn out, but consider the chances of you making it if you’d just be willing to go a little bit more.
If you can see it in your mind’s eye, your dream is definitely alive and kicking. Then maybe quitting won’t be an option after all.
4. What might motivate you to persist?
Some might call it an optical illusion, but can you see the end of the rainbow? In other words, if you have achieved your aim, what aspect of that side of life would seem like fun?
Would it be having more valuable time for yourself, better financial standing, an alternative lifestyle, or a dream career out of that achievement?
It’s easier for you to stick to your game plan when you know there is something to look forward to.
You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.
— George Lucas