2,000 Piece puzzle
In an instantaneous world it can be hard to be patient with our careers, relationships, and goals. Overnight success seems to be the standard and perseverance is only glamorous when we are promised something in return. In reality, anything stable and worthwhile is not a 50-piece puzzle. It’s usually a 2,000-piece puzzle. There are times where you have a flow and you see the big picture, and other times where you get lost in a corner. Not everyone has the patience and the desire to keep pressing on. Perseverance through a job, a project, a business can make you feel overwhelmingly dumb for believing in something. Commitment to keep trying will leave you wondering if you’re even on the right path. So how do you know if you’re working on the right puzzle? How do you know that you have all the right pieces? And if you do, how do you refresh your mindset?
When we are passionate about something, we want to give it every second of every day. We become addicted to the chase and although this mindset is aggressive, it doesn’t always bring about results. Perseverance isn’t always giving 100 percent of ourselves to one thing. We are multifaceted creatures. We need rest, mentally, physically and we need a healthy balance of play/work in our life. This keeps our mind refreshed, and although it can be hard to break from something, we are trying to accomplish it will help us persevere better in the long run.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Two brains are more creative than one. Include community, an outside opinion, and a separate set of eyes to help you accomplish what you are going for. Like a large puzzle, having four, six, or eight sets of eyes on a project increases your ability to accomplish more.
Sometimes you just have to dig your heels in keep weathering the storm. Keep fighting, keep pushing. If opposition or the slightest bit of failure makes you want to give up, you will never be able to accomplish the hard things in life. You can do hard things! Stand your ground and remember where your strength comes from. This is where your character is developed; this is where things get uncomfortable. This is what texturizes your story.
We all have pride and should, but a humble posture keeps us reminded and thankful of our victories. You can’t learn when you think you know everything. Be a sponge sometimes. Assume less and understand that your great idea wasn’t always great for the case scenario.
5.) Change your lens.
When we are really excited about an idea, a person, or a plan, we tend to put blinders on. We see just the targeted goal and lose perspective on the big picture. As a result, when we hit a roadblock we feel stuck. Change to the wide lens. Take a step back, look at what caused the friction. Figure out why the puzzle piece that looks so perfect, just isn’t fitting. Change your angle, and maybe you will see the picture entirely different. Once again, this requires humility to be able to do this. But instead of trying to force our way through the blockade, we have a different route to the same goal. A better route. Remember that focus comes with intensity, which although can be a good thing can also cause us to narrow in too closely. Keep a set of multiple lenses by your side.
If you find yourself doing all five of these things and still frustrated with your lack of results, you might be pursuing the wrong thing. Persevering tests your faith, your character, and your endurance. It should not take a heavy toll on your mental health that leaves wounds. It should not make you dread your days for multiple seasons of life. It should not take away your personality. Perseverance should test you, not kill you. Endure trials, not life sentences. You are in control of where you want to go, what and who you want to pursue. Don’t give up easily but be wise with your time and energy.