My kids enjoy riddles and the other day I asked them this: “What have we all seen but will never see again?”
Have you heard this one?
The answer? Yesterday.
Of course, my 8 year old son had to point out that actually, it’s not entirely true because babies born after midnight today never saw yesterday. Smarty pants.
Am I making the most of my time? Are you?
The point is, we’re all living with an hourglass timer that will never be flipped over. Once it’s done, it’s done.
As I mentioned in my video about success, I’ve been pondering whether I’m making a difference.
By the way, thank you very much for all your kind words and your assurance that my blogging tips really do make a difference to you. I hope I didn’t give the impression that I think this blog is a waste of time. I do enjoy it and I’m thrilled that it’s helpful to so many. Mostly I was asking myself if this is all I have to give. In other words, can I give more in another way too?
Recognizing the dip
I love to read and keep my nightstand & Kindle well-stocked with books. Last week I read The Dip* by Seth Godin. It’s about setting goals and the process of reaching them.
It explores that point in the process – he calls it “the dip – when you feel like you aren’t making any progress and you wonder if it’s all worth it. The dip often occurs right before you have a burst of progress.
Everyone has dips. Not everyone pushes through them.
Seth doesn’t say you should never quit. He says you should quit strategically. I totally agree.
Some quotes from the book:
“Never Quit”: What a spectacularly bad piece of advice…Never quit? Never quit wetting your bed? Or that job you had at Burger King in high school? Never quit selling a product that is now obsolete? Wait a minute. Didn’t that coach say quitting was a bad idea? Actually, quitting as a short-term strategy is a bad idea. Quitting for the long term is an excellent idea. I think the advice-giver meant to say, “Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.” Now that’s good advice.
Persistent people are able to visualize the idea of light at the end of the tunnel when others can’t see it. At the same time, the smartest people are realistic about not imagining light when there isn’t any.
Strategic quitting is the secret of successful organizations. Reactive quitting and serial quitting are the bane of those that strive (and fail) to get what they want. And most people do just that. They quit when it’s painful and stick when they can’t be bothered to quit.
I’ve been thinking about things I could quit strategically. What things am I not quitting that are hindering growth in other areas? In areas that really matter?
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