Have you ever felt like you’ve been going in circles and not getting anywhere at all? You have exerted energy and you’re drained, but you don’t have results. There is nothing more frustrating than working your tail off to not have your desired outcome.
Sure, watching a dog doing it is pretty funny. Even if you’re not a dog person, it makes you chuckle. But when we do the equivalent in life, it is not funny. Instead, it is exhausting and you can feel like you are wasting your life.
I’ve heard it said that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. That is scary because that must mean I a am a really insane person. It takes a lot for me to quit something.
How are you supposed to know when to stop and when to keep going? What is the difference between persistence and insanity?
I’m a firm believer in the fact that you should never give up on a vision or a dream, no matter the cost. I’ve been working on my writing business for over two years now and I question (on a daily basis) whether or not I should keep going. But it always goes back to the same answer: YES.
When I think about giving up, I think about the story of the Israelites and the battle of Jericho. In the Bible (Joshua 6 to be exact) there is a story of persistence. The Israelites were up against a seemingly impossible task of going into Jericho and taking it. The only problem is that the whole city was guarded by a really tall and thick wall. So, there they were: looking at their promise, but had this huge wall in the way. God instructed them to march 13 times around the city walls – one time for six days and on the seventh day they needed to walk it seven times. After their final lap, the walls crumbled and they overtook the city. If you want to read the story, here is a link to it: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%205:13-6:27.
When it comes to someone else, persistence is no problem. In fact, we encourage people to keep going. But imagine if you were one of the Israelites instructed to walk around the wall 13 times. Wouldn’t you doubt whether or not is was going to work? During which lap would you want to give up? For me, it would probably be lap four or five. I love the beginning of things, but after a while the newness fades and I start to doubt why I am doing what I’m doing.
Being persistent is really difficult for me and I imagine it’s the same for you. There is no magic number for doing something before you reach your goal. Sometimes it only takes one application, one interview and you land your dream job. Others, it will take hundreds of applications and a handful of interviews. In business, there may need to be 73 meetings before it gets the funds needed or the right partners. The whole point is to keep going! Don’t give up! We all have different journeys so you can’t compare yourself to anyone else. Choose your journey wisely and keep on your path. Continue on when it doesn’t seem to work out because one day, it will.
Never Lose Hope,