We all fall into the same trap. We start something new: a new diet, a new relationship, a new job or a new business venture, thinking that it’s going to be easy. Yes, we know that everyone else struggles with these same challenges; we hear about the failures from our friends, coworkers and random associates on our social media channels.
But we’re not them.
They’re not us.
We’re better, faster, stronger and smarter.
We know exactly what we’re doing.
We’ve got a fool-proof plan. We’re gonna skip the pain and move right to success.
We’re the best that’s ever been. A perpetual motion machine of progress.
Then it happens.
We realize that we don’t have all the answers. We’re not “all that and a bag of chips.” We’re amazed to find out that we suffer from the same problems as everyone else.
We’re short on time.
We lack adequate resources.
We need to learn more about the process.
We could use more help than we anticipated.
We can’t find the plans for that magical perpetual motion machine.
Then it sets in. We get angry because it’s not as easy as it appeared. We get frustrated because we can’t snap our fingers and have it finished. Maybe even depressed because we’re not as all-powerful as we thought we were. We’re in the same boat as all those other people that we were sure we going to crush.
Damn. Reality is a bitch. Real life sucks and hard work blows.
Crash and burn.
Instead of looking for an imaginary easy button that only exists in those silly commercials for that company whose name you can’t recall, what if we adjusted our expectations. What if we looked for a source of power to drive us through the crappy process of beginning; the start-up mode?
What if we were looking for a battery?
It’s not sexy; it’s not exciting; it’s never going to be touted as the solution to all your problems. It’s dull; it’s plain; it’s simple.
But it’s powerful. It’s the source of all the energy needed to get things moving. The power, the motivation, the source of your resilience.
The sooner we realize that there’s no magic easy button, the sooner we can get to work finding our battery.
Find out the source of your power. Learn what it’s gonna take to get you through to the next level. What will you need to keep you motivated through the tough times?
Is it a financial goal? Maybe paying off your debt, saving for a vacation or paying for your daughter’s college?
Maybe it’s fitting into that outfit before your high school reunion or getting into better shape so that you’ll just feel better.
Maybe it’s figuring out how to get enough clients to move your business to the next level, or simply enough clients to get your business off the ground.
Keep searching until you find your source of motivation. Keep looking; figure out what your battery is, recharge it as needed, and start moving in the right direction.
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This post is based on a blog post written by Seth Godin. For more info on Seth, visit http://seths.blog