Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How To Push Forward + Not Give Up


From my own experience, sticking to one project is a challenge. My mind constantly brainstorms new ideas and from there, I often get lost in a flurry of my own thought. This affects my current projects negatively and thus, makes me want to give up. In a world full of perfection, it is easy to get caught trying to configure the best, most perfect way to accomplish a goal. I've spent days journaling about this, reflecting about how to push forward and not give up. It seems self-explanitory. But it's not. Here are 3 personal tips to not give up on your goals:


1. Isolate
Be one with your own thoughts. How do you feel about a certain project? Measure your progress. Distinguish what is working and what is not. What feels good to you? What stresses you out about the circumstance? The only way to determine these things is to think by yourself. Note this things on a piece of paper or a post-it note. These bits of circumstance, struggle, and hard work will forge the bridge to your success.

2. Discuss
Talk to people about the issue and get an outsider's perspective. It's possible that the project you are working on will no longer inspire you or motivate you to pursue it. In this case, you need to decide whether or not it is best to continue that project. Are you working as hard as you can? Too hard? Vent to the people who know you well and they will guide you in the right direction.

3. Giving Up is NOT a negative outcome

It takes trial and error to create a project that you are truly proud of. You will configure and change and tweak until it seems unnecessary. Sometimes you will try your hardest, but the cogs will not click together. Sometimes you need to "give up," but that's a natural part of the creative progress. Learn and let go. Move forward. Create something better, more inspiring, and innovative. We all are capable of greatness if we keep pushing toward our goals.

Not giving up is not as hard as it seems, but we need to stop guilting ourselves for continuing along the creative cycle.

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