Today was one of those days when I start to wonder if I have what it takes to achieve my goals. Do I have the energy to give 310% to whatever I am doing? Because that’s what it’s going to take. One hundred percent is just not going to cut it. In a previous post I mentioned how sometimes you can think you are doing a lot until you see what the competitor is doing. When I got hit with that reality check last year it made me look at everything different. The people who made it to a place that I desire to be someday put in a ton of work. The work that they did in a day is what I was doing in a week, and sometimes two weeks. Not only were they working harder but they were consistent with no month breaks in between. They were the true definition of a “Go-Getter” and I applaud them. It’s not easy to produce material and content every day, especially when it takes so much time. People underestimates bloggers, youtubers, and social media influencers/marketers. It’s not as easy as people might think, especially in the beginning stages. It’s like you’re a little dot in a sea of a billion other little dots trying to get noticed. It’s a lot of work, which is why so many give up.
I heard the words potential, progress and pain today, and it made me think about the journey to success. I feel like it all starts with potential. We can picture our goals and we get a feeling that tells us that it’s possible. We’re excited to begin, and we start going to work and making progress. Most of the time the progress is not going as fast as we want it to go, so we might slow down a bit and then pick it back up later. Now it turns into a back and forth situation and doubt creeps in, and now you’re in the pain stage. You’ve now reached the point of “fight or flight” and it’s time to decide if you’re going to give up or push through (the perseverance stage). Once you make it through the perseverance stage you can see the finish line from a distance, and that’s when you start to sprint. I’m somewhere in between the pain and perseverance stage. I’m currently trying to make it through the loop and onto the right road. Currently, I still can’t see the finish line, but I’m making progress and getting closer and closer to getting off that ramp.
The crazy thing is that some people get through the 5 stages faster simply because they put so much effort into it. They’re working almost everyday without taking days/weeks/months off. What’s taking me years is taking others 6 months to a year (or even shorter). With each and everyday that passes I understand the phrase “Sometimes it’s not about being better than your competitor, sometimes it’s about doing something that another person won’t do.” Your content can be twice as good as your competitors, but if you are uploading videos/posts/blogs once every 2 weeks and they are uploading 2 to 3 videos/blogs every day then it’s very likely that they will reach their goals sooner. It’s all about hard work, dedication, determination and consistency. You have to find the energy even when you feel like you’re on empty, and that has been my biggest struggle.
What’s your biggest challenge on your journey to success? What do you do when doubt creeps in? How do you push through when you start to feel mentally paralyzed and drained? Let me know in the comment section below. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for stopping by! 😉