Much of life is actually very simple.
Building a business, getting a college degree, and walking across the country are all simple processes. Just keep doing the work day after day. Eventually, you’ll see results.
Cooking a gourmet meal is simple. Just follow the recipe and you’ll end up with a delectable dinner the whole family will enjoy.
But none of these things is easy.
It’s not easy walking to class when it’s snowing outside, then sitting through a boring lecture, only to trudge back through the snow after class is over. You end up with wet feet and a sour mood.
It’s not easy putting in long hours to be your own boss. You slave in the evenings and on weekends when everyone else you know is at home with their family, or out having a good time.
When we’re in these type of situations, we often wonder if it’s worth it to keep on. Will I gain anything in the end? Would I be better off just quitting now while I’m ahead?
No doubt these are valid questions, and we should probably take time to answer them.
But we should always remember there was a reason we began our pursuit in the first place. We had some kind of dream that grabbed hold of us and never let go. Something that got stuck in our head and wouldn’t let us forget about it.
Some kind of vision that called out and enabled us to see something better for our lives. A more fulfilling career, a business of our own, or just hanging a diploma on the wall and calling ourselves a college graduate.
Whatever it is, if it was important enough to begin it, then it’s probably important enough to finish it.
Notice I said probably. Priorities change. Life happens. Sometimes we have to stop and reorganize things. That’s OK.
That may mean we have to alter our goals to reflect our current life situation.
Sometimes that means we need to double down and work even harder to make the original dream happen.
When life smacks you in the face, it’s up to you to decide what to do.
Keep going. Or quit.
Which choice will you regret more in one year?
Now choose the other one.