When we start something new, we often encounter resistance, and it is easy to give up before getting to our goal or destination.
Think of it this way. Imagine you have a car whose battery is weak and has stopped just before a hill.
You put it in neutral, and try and push it to the top of the hill. It can be difficult to do, especially if you have a big car. So you enlist the help of family, friends or bystanders. They all exert maximum pressure and bit by bit, the car inches upwards to the top of the hill. Just before you all get to the top is when maximum effort is needed. If you give up before you reach the top, you have wasted all that effort.
At the top, you are now on flat ground, and with a slight push, the car starts rolling down the hill. As it goes downhill, the helpers back off, you don’t need to push either, and you jump into the driver’s seat, gather some more momentum as you steer clear of the ditches on the sides of the road and soon, you’re able to crank the engine, apply gas and ensure the car is running, and off you go, into the sunset. (Or you remember to wait for your family or friends to come down the hill and join you in the car)!
So the next time you have a difficult task, a difficult project, or a tough goal that seems “impossible”, think of this analogy and ask yourself these seven questions.
- Am I fully committed to the task, the project, or the goal?
- Why is this task, project or goal important?
- What action do I need to take?
- Who or what resources do I need to help me?
- What is my best course of action when I encounter resistance?
- What kind of steering and course correction do I need to apply?
- Once my task, project or goal gathers momentum, what do I need to do next?
I hope this is a useful metaphor to keep in mind so that you can coast through your next task, project or goal.
Let me know how this perspective works for you!