We always hear about the power of day one, and we are told the secret of success is beginning. But the most challenging and most important thing in life is actually to continue.
Everyone may wish to be something like a doctor, an artist, engineer, dancer, etc. But only a handful will remain on it for weeks, months, years, and decades to see it come to fruition.
We all have brilliant ideas and intellectual capacity to implement these ideas. But after a few years into a project, many will give up. When the journey starts going uphill, many will resign.
But how can you keep going when everything seems not to be working in your favor?
Short Answer: Never Give up! No matter what.
Well, things may have gone bad yesterday or today, but you just don’t know what is next. You may be giving up when you are just about to make that sale that will completely change your life. You may be giving up on a client who was almost considering investing in your project.
It is the basic cycle of life to struggle to know what will happen next. But you will never know what could have happened next if you are not resilient enough to stick to your goals.
Here is how you can motivate yourself to keep going…
- Concentrate on today
Most of our fear stems from uncertainty. Not knowing what will happen tomorrow, next week, or next year. It can be terrifying. The best thing you can do is to concentrate on what is at hand, your immediate tasks, your next move. Just ask yourself: what will I do after I finish reading this article?
- Set targets in areas that you have full control
Never delegate your life to someone else. Take the wheel yourself. You are your dictator; you should be on the front seat of your own life. Concentrate your energies on areas or fields that you are comfortable with, and you can handle the ups and downs that come your way with little or no support from the outside.
- Know when to Quit
Don’t get me wrong when I say “Never Give Up.” Sure, you should not give up easily on tasks and projects on your desk. But again, you should be wise enough to know when it is time to adjust or bail out. When you stick to a project long enough, you will establish metrics that will help you analyze and better understand the health of the project. This will help you know when its time to make drastic changes or to drop it altogether.
- Read and Read and Read more
If you have access to the internet, take advantage of the vast amount of information online, and keep reading. Learn something new every day. I know it sounds obvious, but you will gain more skills and courage to handle your current tasks by merely reading how similar people dealt with that exact situation. The internet has all you need.
This list can go on and on, but the bottom line is, your current discomfort will distract you. Don’t let it divert your attention from the primary goal. Focus on your immediate priority tasks. Worry less about what tomorrow brings.