How many times have you tried to start something new like a new project, or you decided to make a change in your life only to abandon it before you could really see the results?
How many goals have you set out to achieve that were difficult at first or had a steep learning curve, like learning to speak a new language or to play the guitar, only to stop because it was too frustrating?
Getting Discouraged When You Start Something New
It’s easy to get discouraged and give up when you’re not seeing much progress in the beginning. Most things we try are like that. It’s tough being a beginner at something, and for some reason, it seems like the older we get, the less patience and tolerance we have in allowing ourselves to fumble through new things until we get them right.
Life Gets in the Way
It also happens all the time that, in the beginning, we have so much will power and motivation to start something. So we block out time and get all amped up to work on the new goal every day, or several times a week.
Then we get busy, or other commitments crowd in, and we stop giving our new endeavor the time we hoped we could. Until one day, we stop and remember, “Oh yeah, I was supposed to be writing that novel,” or “Wow, has it really been a month since I last went to the gym?” Time just seems to fly by as we busily get sucked into the momentum of our daily lives.
Before You Know It…
However, the problem is that a week turns into a month, which becomes six months, or a year, or even five years, and you still haven’t progressed with that new thing you wanted to do. Then you look back regretfully and think, “If only I had stuck with it, I would already be seeing the benefits,” or “If only I had kept pushing forward, I would be over the learning curve and on to the fun and easier part.”
So what can you do about it?
Knowing all that, what is one thing that you have been wanting to do that you have either given up on because it was too hard in the beginning, or that you started and then quit because you were too busy? Do you feel regretful about it?
Decide Whether to Open or Close the Door
If the goal is still worth pursuing, then think about how you will feel a year from now if you continue to not work toward it. Then renew your commitment to this ONE goal, and start working toward it with baby steps. Don’t try to take on too much at first and overwhelm yourself. That’s probably what got you in trouble the first time.
However, if the goal is no longer that important, or you don’t feel too guilty about not achieving it, then make peace with it and close that door. Don’t waste any more mental energy on it, so you can free yourself up to focus on more important endeavors.
Share and Motivate Others
To be accountable to your action, and to motivate others, share in the comments the goal you are recommitting to or crossing off your list. Feel free to share as much or as little as you like about your plan moving forward or your reason for no longer pursuing it.
Are you planning to start something new? Please share your goals as well, and let’s all help each other succeed by keeping each other motivated and accountable.
Keep having the courage to walk through those doors, and have an awesome day!