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Do You Persist?

pushThere are times when it seems like nothing is going your way.  How do you react to it?  Do you become a victim of circumstance or do you become a survivor who makes it through?  Often it is easy to quit when things get tough or it seems like you can’t win.

Keep in mind that you may be closer to a break through that will get you to your goals.  Thomas Edison once said:  “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  If he had quit instead of persisting who know what the electric light bulb would have looked like or even when it would have come into existence.  When you have a goal you must keep going no matter how hard it seems right now.

For some great pointers on how to develop the skill of never giving up are found in this post by LaRae Quy:  http://www.laraequy.com/blog/personal-leadership/the-number-one-skill-in-life-is-not-giving-up/.  As she states most often we give up because we are afraid of failing.  This is a fear we develop over time and can become a major roadblock to success.

As shown in these examples if we are willing to keep going, persist in our efforts to reach our goals we can have great success.  We have to get out of our own way.  The title of John Maxwell’s new book says it best: “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn.”  The question to ask yourself is: are you learning when you aren’t winning?

If you take the time to learn when things go wrong or when it gets tough you can get past the obstacles and keep moving forward.  If you quit when it gets tough instead of persisting you will be like the miner on the bottom of the picture here.  You turn back right before you reach the pay-off.  True leaders will always find a way to keep going no matter how difficult it seems.  They show the way forward for their teams as well.

Keep going, persist, learn and do something new to move yourself forward.  The rewards will be amazing when you reach your goals?

What is your favorite thing to do that keeps you going when it gets tough?

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When the Going Gets Tough

As part of team how do you react when the going gets tough? 

A.  Do you dig in to make it work? 

B.  Do you run for the hills or hide under your desk? 

C.  Do you find someone to be the sacrificial lamb? 

All of these, and probably a few others, are fairly typical reactions to the ugly times that face every team sooner or later.  If your answer is A then you are a good team player and hopefully everyone else on your team reacts the same way.  Unfortunately, too often B or C are the answers we see in action.

If you find yourself part of a team that has a negative reaction to the tough times there are a few things you can do to help get things back on track.

  1. Ask what you can do.  This is a very powerful question to ask the team leader or others on the team when something goes wrong.  It shows that you are committed to getting things moving forward, not dwelling on the negatives.
  2. Avoid placing blame.  Again, focus on what needs to happen now, not who did what wrong.  The blame game just gets people defensive and serves no good purpose.
  3. Step up if you erred.  If you were the one who made a mistake, calmly, clearly and factually state what you did wrong and how you think it can be corrected.  Sticking to facts and admitting error without panic will help keep others from pointing fingers.
  4. Stop any team bashing.  When others start to place blame, wring their hands, or other non-productive action work to redirect the conversation to what happens now and what can be done to move forward.  Stay focused on the future and what needs to be done. 

If you can be a positive person in the face of adversity then you can help your team react the same way.  It’s hard and gets harder when the people around you want to wallow in the problem.  The only way to overcome a problem is to get to work and fix it.  So step up, take the high road and pull your team along with you.

What other things have you done to keep the team on track when the going gets tough?

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