You’ve been working really hard and you’re frustrated. All the big ideas, extra hours, sacrifices, and effort you’ve put in have gotten you…what?
Exactly Jack Squat!
But what if you’re this close to a breakthrough? What if that last little bit of work will put you on a path to something that could really change your life?
My first job in talk radio way back in the 90s was not as a talk show host. I was working for minimum wage doing all the grunt work and overnight shifts. I even had to buy time to get a chance to be on the air. Fairly quickly they were “kind” enough to let me provide a show for the station for free, but I still wasn’t getting paid.
YES! I always wanted to work for free! Ok, maybe not. I wasn’t exactly reaching my radio dreams…yet.
Even though my wife’s job and my part time job as a mental health counselor were earning enough to support us, I felt like I was letting her down. I told her I was about to quit the radio dream and get a full time counseling job.
She convinced me to stay at it at least until the end of the year. (She’s awesome.) She said, “Hey, you’re actually pretty good at this.” (Yeah, she’s funny, too.)
About a month later I was offered a full time job as a talk show host on the number one station in town. That was the start of my 21 year career as a radio talk show host including national syndication and stints in Dallas, Kansas City, and Jacksonville. What if I’d given up one month before my big break?
I was reminded of this while I was watching The Voice with my daughter. One of the contestants is married with children. He’s a teacher and sings on the side. He’s been doing it for over a decade without much success. He told his brother he was about to give up on the idea of a singing career – and then he got a spot on The Voice.
What if you’re that close?
Before you give up, do a double check:
1) Remember why you want this. Is that why still strong for you? Why are you working this hard? Why are you doing what other people aren’t willing to do? Isn’t is because then you will get to do what other people aren’t able to do?
2) Review the progress you’ve made so far. You might be surprised at what you’ve already accomplished.
3) Review your plan. What parts are working? What parts aren’t working? What could you change to get better results?
4) Imagine what your life would be like if this started turning around for you? What would change? How would that impact you, and those around you? How would it make you feel?
5) Give yourself some grace. Maybe you just need to slow down and take a bit more time on this. Maybe you’re burning yourself out and expecting too much too soon. Go for smaller successes and then build to bigger things. You’re human, and that’s ok.
6) Email me before you give up and see if I can help you! firstname.lastname@example.org
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”
– T.F. Hodge
Question for comment: How do you keep going when you feel like giving up?
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