When things become difficult, what usually happens? We give up. We forget to take in consideration the time we dedicated to research, plan, and execute the vision. We forget all of the people who took time to inspire us, wish us luck, and praise us for the attempt. We focus on the hurdles or setbacks. Well here are a few things to practice while breaking the habit of giving up.
What is a habit?
A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. For example, crossing your legs when sitting, saying thank you when someone opens the door, and looking both ways before crossing the street. These things you find yourself doing without even thinking.
Unfortunately, when things get tough we tend to lose interest. We have a habit of talking ourselves out of pushing through the difficult times. Don't give up. Things can make a turn for the better.
Weigh Your Options
Look at the pros and cons of quitting. For example, you have been on 10 interviews and have yet to land a job. If you quit now, you may never know if the 11th interview is a winner. Now not only have you wasted time, but you may soon have to revisit the job search and start all over from scratch.
Ask For Feedback
The best way to find a solution is to ask for feedback. Share your scenario with someone you trust. Most times an unbiased opinion about a subject gives a better insight and makes decision making easier. Don't be afraid of a little criticism.
The final step suggested to breaking the habit of giving up, is to be consistent. Consistency is tricky. Just when you think you have your pattern down, you become relaxed. One day without working becomes two and so on. Consistency takes discipline but with a little hard work you will find that giving up is no longer an option.
Create variations to these steps that are related to your goal. Remember to weigh your options, ask for feedback, and be consistent. Success is just around the corner.