Perseverance, I’ve been thinking about this subject a lot lately, it and passivity. I’m just going to write my raw thoughts, please forgive me if it seems all over the place.
We recently watched the Discovery series called “When We Left Earth” (links to iTunes) about the NASA program of visiting the moon. It was amazing how these scientists and engineers were able to put men into a completely unknown and keep pressing further until they sent astronauts who spent over three days on the moon! Incredible.
But, NASA got passive, TWICE. They had two horrible accidents where astronauts lost their lives. NASA had become so successful they felt they could do no wrong and they became sloppy. Where they normally would’ve triple-checked wiring, alarms, etc. they became permissive. Both accidents were easily preventable.
I’ve heard it said that: “You are always in one of three situations in your life, Coming out of a storm, Going into a storm, or Standing in the middle of a storm.” How easy it is to slip into a mode of normalcy, comfort. Storms are difficult and when we finally come out of them, we just want to bunker down and say “no more” – we forget to look ahead, we forget to prepare, we become permissive. My favorite quote from Balboa is when Rocky is talking to his son and he says: “This life will beat you to your knees. It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
When I was setting up my business I was always looking ahead. Trying to gauge where the company would be, where it was headed, trying to sell website and graphic design services, set up systems, etc. Now, these actions are not as consistent and only thought about every once in a while, things are changing after this. Perseverance. I am choosing to be diligent in all aspects of my company and hope to revisit this post several times a year as a reminder.
I guess what I’m trying to say in this post is, don’t forget to look ahead and prepare. Life comes at you fast and it ain’t fair, it will beat you to your knees but perseverance is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
What aspects of your business/life/family/health have lost your attention?