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:
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.
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:
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.