We all face challenges in our personal and professional lives, whether taking on a leadership role, starting a new project, making a difficult decision, or dealing with mental health struggles. It's not easy, but pushing ourselves to do hard things is important.
Although this quote is often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, there is some debate over whether he actually said it, nonetheless, the quote goes like this: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win." This quote has become popular as a statement about social and political change. It suggests that those who fight for a cause may face resistance and ridicule at first but can ultimately prevail if they persist.
The same can be true for any challenge we face. It's important to understand that progress isn't always linear. Sometimes we take one step forward and two steps back, and that's okay. What's important is that we keep the momentum going, even if it's slow. Small steps forward add up over time, and before you know it, you've made significant progress.
In my experience, the hardest part of doing hard things is often getting started. We can get stuck in analysis paralysis or let fear and self-doubt hold us back. But once we take that first step, we build momentum and gain confidence.
Of course, doing hard things isn't always easy on our mental health. We can experience stress, anxiety, and burnout. It's essential to care for ourselves and seek support when needed. That might mean talking to a trusted friend or colleague, seeking professional help, or taking a break to recharge.
So if you're facing a challenge right now, remember you're not alone. It's okay to struggle, and it's okay to take things one step at a time. Keep pushing yourself and making progress; before you know it, you'll look back and realize just how far you've come.
By Dean Miles
Keywords: Business Continuity, Mental Health, Startups