You think it’s futile?
Don’t give up too soon.
No sign of progress does not mean no progress.
Don’t look for excuses to give up. Patience and persistence may still be rewarded. Keep checking the feedback and listen to the critics, especially the people who are usually your cheerleaders, even if you think they’ve got it wrong and you’re sure you’ve got it right.
But eventually you may have to admit, they’re right. You’re doing it wrong.
The clichés get repeated because they’re often true: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Continuing to bang your head against the wall only gets you a headache.
So how do you know when to quit? Go back to square one: Check your goal and your plan. Review the feedback and the apparent lack of progress. Have you learned enough to find a better path to achieving the goal?
Is the original goal still important to you? If it is, then make adjustments and keep pushing. Try a different approach if you think it will improve the odds of success.
If you decide the goal is no longer worth the effort or that your efforts are entirely futile, then it’s time for a pause, some reflection, and a new plan.
Be better. Do better.
Del Chatterson, your Uncle Ralph
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