The feeling of frustration can take over when we are making mistakes, not getting the success we would like to see and we may feel like quitting. We may have a picture in our mind of what our results will look like, and it is just not happening. Interestingly enough our deepest moments of frustration come when our expectations and realities are not meeting each other. So how can we maintain persistence in effort?
Self talk – If we use self talk in a positive manner, helping ourselves to calm down and stay focused on the big picture we will be able to continue on our quest. The ideas that we suggest to ourselves will become our reality. If we suggest that this is a way waste of time – it shall become a waste of time. If we have a setback and our self talk suggests that this is catastrophic we will believe that it is. Ask yourself instead, “What is so great about this?”
Coaching – Do you have a mentor or a coach that you can talk to. Many times another person can see the big picture easier than we can, just due to their objectivity. Talking with our group of private supporters may be just what we need to get out of our own self pity.
Have you recharged your battery recently? When we are feeling challenged or frustrated it could be we are tired, hungry or need to exercise. For many of us, going for a walk, getting some exercise in or sitting quietly is what we need to recharge ourselves. Remember that recharging is different for everyone. For some it is being by themselves and for others some quiet time alone for reflection.
Everyone of us have different methods of recharging. For some quiet meditation and being alone with our thoughts can help us to recharge. Others find being around others and bouncing ideas around a method of recharging. Certainly though, surrounding ourselves with others who share our enthusiasm for our personal goal and who have shown themselves to be supportive and persistent in reaching their own goals will help us when we are feeling like giving up or quitting. Being persistent helps us be successful in reaching our goals.