I truly believe that if you are not seeing success in the efforts you are making, then you are doing something wrong. What often gets lost in any observation of what you are doing it what you are truly doing right.
This can result in a painful blow to your psyche if you are going through a long patch where seemingly nothing is going right.
I also believe that one of the most dangerous things you can possess is hope. It is the fuel that lifts an underdog to victory over the favorite. It is also a driver that will take you over a cliff without any warning but plenty of enthusiasm if you begin to believe a little too much in yourself.
More often than you may like, your road to success will lead you directly through a mountain pass of setbacks or a valley of insane conditions. Beyond that, you’ll probably find your way traveling through a long stretch of desert filled with miles of doubt and despair.
I hate having to be a downer, but this is a constant feeling for many of us who have been brave enough to put forth the effort to break away from the mundane and into the extraordinary. Stepping away from the crowd is hard, but it is also the easiest part in getting ‘there,’ wherever your ‘there’ happens to be.
I can’t tell you not to go on or not to give up. Only you know if your idea has run its course, or still has enough life to continue to put up a stand. I can tell you that you have the power to accomplish just about anything. Even if your current idea isn’t panning out it doesn’t mean that one of the dozens of other ideas you put on the shelf to pursue this one does not have a chance.
Maybe you needed to learn something from a few past failures to ensure the success of one of those shelved ideas. Maybe you needed to learn something from a few failures to ensure the success of the one you are pursuing right now.
As many times as I’ve been knocked down in both past and current projects, I still find a way to get on my feet, dust myself off and try something again. It might be foolhardy, but how many people were called fools before they proved the world wrong?
Look for me when you finally make it ‘there.’ I don’t intend to be too far behind.
A client that is always happy to see you and can’t sign enough contracts with you because they can’t get enough contact with you is wonderful. Rare, but wonderful.
A client that wants you to come in, get your job done, take their check, and never, ever have contact with them again is more common. But assuming they say out of your way and pay on time, they too can be wonderful.
Your true problem client is one that is indifferent to your work and your presence. They are not micromanaging you, but they are doing very little to help you help them. They may even be a hindrance due to their non-committal attitude and non-committal decision making.
Have any tips for getting commitments from the non-committal? Share away…