We give up way too easy. It’s simple to begin a new pursuit or activity, but often, after the fun and excitement wears off, we abandon our efforts and give up.
Perhaps we do this because there are so many things competing for our attention. As soon as we discover something new, we’re captivated by something else that has caught our attention. More likely, when we’re faced with actually doing the work, we quickly find out how committed to we really are… or aren’t.
I’ve struggled with starting new ventures and not following through, usually due to 1 or both of the reasons described above. Now, before I begin a new pursuit, I determine:
- If I has a compelling reason why I want to do it
- If I have the commitment, as well as the time, to daily do the work required to achieve success
I’ve decided that I must have a compelling reason; a compelling “Why”. A reason why I want this? Without a good answer to that question, it’s too easy to quit before starting or when things start to get tough. So, without a compelling “Why”, I move on to something else.
Once I’ve decided to start, I gauge my commitment by thinking of the acrostic FOCUS:
This reminds me that it is not about starting new things, but about following through on those things I’ve started until successful. I find that if I don’t adopt this mindset, I’ll often start a bunch of new ventures but achieve success in few, if any.
So what about you? Do you tend to start ventures and fail to complete them? It could be you started without a compelling “Why” or even the commitment required to be successful. If that’s the case, start being aware of why you’re doing something and whether you’re committed to seeing it through to success. If you are, GREAT! It’s time to get started. If not, that’s great too. Just keep looking for something where you have both a compelling “Why” and the commitment. Then when you find it, dive in and give it your best.