Not Making Progress on Your Goals? Don’t Worry There is Plenty of Time…..

We are now three weeks into the new year.  How is 2018 going for you?  Making progress on your new year’s resolutions?  Are you making progress towards your 2018 goals?  If not then don’t worry – there is always next week, next month or next year…….

Or so we tend to think!

However out of the blue people get sick.  People get cancer,  people have accidents and get killed, even celebrities get sick and die suddenly.  We have seen many celebrities die over the past few years.  Just recently Irish musician and singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan of the group Cranberries passed away unexpectedly (R.I.P).  She was only 46 years old and in London to record a cover of her hit song ‘Zombie’ with hard rock band Bad Wolves.   She had left a message with one of the band the night before saying how much she was looking forward to seeing them in the studio the next day to record vocals.  Within hours she was dead – we wait for the inquest to know why but foul play is not suspected.  Sadly in an instant all her dreams, goals and plans are gone.  Sadly we will never get to hear that cover version of ‘Zombie’.

But of course death or serious injury or disability always happens to somebody else.  It will never happen to us and in our reasoning it will always happen to somebody else.   In terms of all our goals and our dreams we estimate that we are going to live the average life and therefore we can say well I’ve got another x number of years to live.   Plenty of time to do all the things that I want to do.  Someday I’m going to be rich.  Someday I’m going to buy that house.  Someday I’m going to go on that holiday.  It’s all gonna happen someday.   But the reality is that we don’t know just how long we have got.

Therefore we should never put our goals and dreams off until tomorrow, next week or next year.  We should never postpone our dreams because we may just unexpectedly run out of time.   Make sure you are spending your time on things that really matter to you.  Yes you and I have to pay bills.   But we need to make sure also to spend at least some part of our day working on our dreams and goals because we just never know how long we actually have and that somebody else might just become me.  Life is like a clock and we just never know when those hands will stop and if we are not careful we will die with all our goals and dreams still inside us.

Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.”

The Clock of Life

“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour………..
…..So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.”
― Robert H. Smith

To Quit or Not? – That is the question

 

To Quit or Persevere?

Quitting or giving up something or to keep going despite what looks like failure has always been something that has fascinated me. I often ask myself this question should I quit and move on to something else as this is not working or should I just stick with it despite my frustratingly slow progress? When is the right time to pivot to something new or should I persevere to the bitter end in the hope that I will eventually succeed?
If you think about something like developing a website, how many websites are going to be successful commercially? The reality is very few – most are never going to make any money.  How many books will be a commercial success? The average book sells only 250 copies. That’s a huge amount of work for very little reward. The same with online courses – most of the revenue in any category goes to the top courses in that category. The majority of courses will share the crumbs. Only 20% of new businesses survive past their first year of operation. The reality is that most will fail.
At the end of the day I think quitting or giving up is not about the results you are getting which might be terrible – it’s about how you feel. Does it feel right for you to keep going when things look bleak or is it wearing you down/keeping you up at night? There are times when it is definitely right to quit.  Unfortunately I  think that at times we can feel trapped by thoughts like “a quitter never wins and a winner never quits”. That somehow it’s shameful to quit something and that we must never quit.

No! If it doesn’t feel right then quit and make room for new and exciting things in your life.
There is a great quote that sums it up nicely:

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell