Don't Give up at the First Sign of Difficulty
How do you persist when it gets tough? When pursuing anything worthwhile, you will eventually face challenges. Otherwise, you are selling yourself short by pursuing a goal that is too easy. Here are some steps to take:
- Accept the fact that you will face hurdles along your journey.
- Keep pushing forward.
- Understand that people whom you consider successful have been through the inevitable challenges. They are successful today because they did not let rejection or failure stop them from pursuing their goal.
- Develop the mind-set that challenges you face will make you stronger, more confident, and successful if you meet them head on.
For example, if your goal is to build and sell a product you deeply care about, as long as you believe in the product and its market potential, getting rejected a couple of times should not shake your determination.
Be Persistent in Taking Small Steps
Often the sheer size of your goal and the time it will take you to accomplish it can throw you off track and make you impatient. The key is to take small incremental steps toward it. Then before you realize it, you will be much closer to your goal.
Focus on the present. Speculating on what may or may not happen in the future is a waste of time. It serves no purpose. What matters is taking action as well as small steps toward your goal right now.
For example, if your goal is to get certified in a particular area of expertise by taking a three-part exam, make a plan toward that goal and begin with the first step in your plan.
- Do not jump ahead. Focus on each part of the exam until you have passed it, then go on to the next.
- The solution is really simple: Each time your mind wanders toward what you need to do next, recognize it and gradually bring your thoughts back to what you need to do right now.
Recover and Recuperate
Goal-setting journeys are much like life. You can do your best, but there are twists and turns that can throw you off. At times like this, consider taking some time off whether it be a short or long break. Here are some suggestions:
- Take a long vacation.
- Take a day or two off.
- Take an afternoon off.
- Spend time with friends or family.
- Go to a movie.
- Go for a walk.
Recovering and recuperating will allow you to refocus your attention on your goal. Be cognizant of when you risk burning out and listen to what your body and mind are telling you.