Don’t quit again. How to succeed when it is most difficult.
Why does it feel most difficult right before you succeed? Like the phrase, “it’s darkest before dawn,” your success can seem so far away when it is just around the corner.
I have to remind myself of this when I have been working on a project for what seems like “forever” even though it has actually been a short time. When you are doing something that you have never done before and you want results faster than you are getting them, it is easy to want to quit. And that is what a lot of people do. They quit just short of the tipping point.
Malcolm Gladwell defines the “Tipping Point” in his book as, “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” At 211 degrees water is very, very hot. Without the persistent addition of heat, water will never reach its potential and become a force of its own. You have to keep giving heat for it to rise one degree. At 212 degrees Fahrenheit water boils and creates steam. Steam can power a 100-car train across the country.
Imagine walking up a long seesaw. As you walk up it requires effort. When you get to the top, the seesaw begins to teeter. If you keep one foot on each side of the pivot point it will tilt back and forth as you shift your weight. The moment you bring your back leg forward to the other side past the tipping point the seesaw will tilt down and you can walk down the other side with ease. You are still making forward momentum, and now it is so much easier and faster.
The risk is that you turn around and go back down before you cross over the tipping point. It feels easy because you are also going down hill, but now you are going away from your goals, your dreams, and your happiness.
Remind yourself when you are ready to quit – If it were easy everyone would do it. If it were easy everyone would be a movie star, a singer, best selling author, a doctor, a CEO or a self-made millionaire.
Seth Godin calls it “the dip.” The difficult part that weeds out the wanna-be’s and the talkers. Those who are only half-in and have not made a commitment to succeed no-matter-what it takes.
Go, go and keep going forward. Your dreams and success are on the other side of the tipping point. Push through the dip because that is the part of the journey that is going to define you. The journey is what you are going to be most proud of when you reflect back.
Life Transformation and Peak Performance Expert, author, professional speaker, and global traveler. Croix is the Author of Dream Big Act Big, Dream Big Life Planner, Morning Manifestation, and the host of the Zen Warrior Podcast. He travels full time living the speaker and laptop lifestyle living part time in Costa Rica and wherever he feels like experiencing.