The reaction to not getting what we think we should get at the timing that we think we should get it is often times to quit. But, what if that reaction comes too early?
I know you have been there.
You are in the middle of doing something that you feel like you have been working at forever and haven’t seen any return yet. Not even close to a return. Actually, you feel drained and are ready to throw in the towel. And now you are in that moment where you are wondering if it is time to quit yet. You are asking yourself questions like,
“Is it too early to give up?”
“Would I be better off quitting now and focusing my time on something else more beneficial?”
We should always be working on things that are beneficial to us and brings value. It should also bless those around us, too. We recently covered doing things that bring value in the post “Sometimes You May Need To Quit”. I don’t want to confuse you with writing this post and publishing that post, so let me clarify. The difference again is with things that bring value to ourselves and other. Quitting something that brings value versus those things that don’t is entirely different.
Your moment of breakthrough is just around the corner. You may not be able to see it yet, but if you quit now, then you won’t see the fruits of your labor. Just give it a little longer.
To do so, put a specific timeline on your work. If you think 6 months is a realistic amount of time to see results, then write it down. Here is an example of what that would look like:
I want to see ___(results)___ happen as a result of ___(action item)___ by ___(time)___.
If you don’t see the desired results happen, then reevaluate things by asking yourself these questions:
Is it still really important to me?
Did I really give it 100%?
Can I do something more valuable with my time?
You may have other questions that you need to ask, but I would say those are the most important ones to ask.
During this time, don’t compare yourself to others, because what you aren’t seeing is the time and effort they put into their work and craft. It probably took them years to get where they are now.
Again, put in the work. Your time is coming.
What is something that you have been working on for a while now, but haven’t seen the reward yet? You can leave your comment below.