But what about when you’ve taken that big old leap, and now you are climbing what seems an impossibly steep learning curve?
About once a week, sometimes way more often, I hit the point where I say to myself,
‘Ah, bugger it, I have no frikking idea what I am doing. I think it’s time to give up and go get a job.’
I even verbalised that, a few months ago, to everyone’s horror.
But I didn’t give up, for many reasons, among them:
- I’m unemployable
- All my clothes, barring two pairs of jeans, are stretchy – like, duh. Can only teach yoga, my wardrobe says so!
- I really can’t imagine doing anything else. Sometimes I think about it, but I always circle back to where I am.
- I am ridiculously stubborn. I never give up, even when I should. Never give up.
Here’s a handy diagram to illustrate why you shouldn’t give up when you feel like throwing in the towel (at anything – a new sport, a business, finding the love of your life). Just something to consider though: make sure before you start that you are embarking on something that is completely in line with your values. Otherwise you probably should give up, because you are working at something you think you ought to do, not something that you really, truly want, deep down in your core.
Okay, back to the diagram:
It’s true: that cliff looks impossible to scale, but with the right skills, and help from the right people, you can get up to the top. The end is in sight, and yet, this is where most people give up – just before the end.
Action isn’t enough – a series of sustained actions are what’s needed.
Plus, if you are so close to that cliff face that it’s all you can see, you lose perspective.
Instead of giving up, step back for a bit, and maybe, change direction a bit…
Get help from people who’ve done it before you.
Just don’t give up!
Imagine what you might find on the other side of that learning curve.