Keep trying, until.
One of my all time favourite quotes by Jim Rohn is this:
How long should you keep trying? Until.
It blows me away how much pressure this takes off a person. When I have committed to do something until it’s done – lose weight, build a business, become a writer – there’s no rush, there’s no questioning ‘what if?’. It’s completely freeing. It also allows me to actually enjoy the process, instead of only focusing on the end result. I have always struggled with long term goals. If it wasn’t something I could achieve quickly, then I would lose motivation and eventually give up.
Like a lot of people, I tend to go into a new project or process with excitement and energy, but once the novelty and newness wears off and I realize it’s going to take longer than a few weeks to get where I want to go, I get bored and antsy and distracted. I also start to doubt whether I’m capable of actually reaching my goals. It took me a painfully long time to truly understand that there is not a successful person out there who didn’t struggle and stumble and fail and take years to get where they are today. But they committed to keep going until saw their dreams realized.
As I put this ‘until’ concept into action, even failure looks different to me. Where I would once allow myself to be defeated and derailed by failure, I can now look at it and ask, What can I learn from this and how can I use what I’ve learned from this to change and grow and move closer to my goal? The fear of making mistakes is gone and as a result, I’m far more willing to try new things and take bigger chances which in turn helps me find more ways to get where I want to go.