Life isn’t always easy.
I was interviewed by friend and fellow blogger and life-coach, Katie Hoffman (katiehoffmanblog.blogspot.com) a few days ago. During the interview she asked, “So what do you do when times get hard?”
This question struck me as one of the most important questions one can ask.
Roughly, I said something along the lines of that even after you decide to follow your dream and take steps (big or small) to get there, nothing gets easier. A sense of euphoria may appear briefly as accomplishments are made, but between the big breaks and ah-ha moments there will inevitable be several moments of, “Oh my dear God, why did I think I could do this?”
What you do right then is what matters the most.
1. Remember. . . This part is temporary.
This state you are in is temporary. You will not work your dead-end job on the way to your dream job forever. You will not be a student forever. You will not be a musician playing on the street corner forever. This is temporary. Keep the dream in front of you.
2. Stir up the positive attitude and excitement.
No one else will keep you motivated. The enthusiasm you have is no one’s responsibility but your own. Get excited. You can do it. You are on your way. You will make a difference. You can change the world. This attitude will make the hard work that is necessary, so much easier. Stay excited.
3. Get back to the heart of it.
For me this is huge. I didn’t just pick this off a list of professions. It has been a dream, a heart-felt desire. I see it an opportunity to help others to live their best lives and be their best selves. I see potential to help people to become un-stuck, get out of their rut, and move on with their life. I see the possibility of making a different. I know that if I can continue, I can do my part to make a difference in the world.
You have to remember where the dream came from and why it is important to you. What is the origin of your dream? What is the heart of it? As you do this, you will renew your love for it and find the energy to keep going.
As I said to Katie, “The good life is good, but it isn’t always easy.”
And thinking about it now, I have to add, but it’s worth it. It’s always always worth it.
There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this in the beginning and it will hearten you when the going may seem difficult and slow. Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up near the top of the ladder. Sometimes it appears there is a hidden guide whose duty is to test people through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying arrive; and the world cries, “Bravo! I knew you could do it!” The hidden guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can’t take it simply do not make the grade.. Those who can “take it” are bountifully rewarded for their persistence. They receive, as their compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing. – Napoleon Hill
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge
Because those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau