Have you worked so hard at achieving something only to end up with nothing show for it in the end? Have you considered there are more ways than one to achieve your goal? Confidence is a shy companion. No matter how much confidence you build up he can seep gradually into the background if you keep getting knock-backs in your life. A person bubbling over with confidence can be a dribbling wreck – a shell of a person if everything they tried their hands on in one year has gone to mush. Like we said, confidence is a shy creature.
There are more ways than one
I live on a busy street in a small village. About 5 minutes away from us, there’s a huge housing estate and everyone who lives there has to travel on my road to get to the city centre for work during the morning rush hour. In addition, I live a stone’s throw away from a large secondary school. Each morning the traffic outside our house is manic as parents try to drop off their kids to school, driving slowly so as not to hit any of the hundreds of kids who amble on the pavement (side walk) on their way to school. The only thing that makes the morning rush bearable is the beautiful line of large trees which stand on the side of the road opposite our house.
This morning I stood at my window and watched as a tiny squirrel tried to make his way down this road (not across the road, just along the road). For some reason he felt he had to make this journey during the rush hour. He obviously couldn’t compete with the cars and cycles on the road itself, and with the kids taking over the pavement, a seemingly insignificant creature like our squirrel wouldn’t dare share this space with them. Who knows what they would try to do to him.
The little squirrel tested branch after branch on the first tree, (which lined the side of the road) and when he thought he’d found a sturdy one, leapt from tree 1 to tree 2. He did the same from tree 2 to tree 3, then continued through the line of trees until he was out of my sight.
Your one way is not working for you
So when you’ve tried something to death and you’re not getting any results, the problem in the equation may not be you. After all, you’ve worked hard and have given it all you have. You’re not stupid. You do have the skill and the dedication. It should all fall into place, but it isn’t happening. It’s so bad you’re beginning to lose your self-confidence. The only answer is, your method must not be right! There’s obviously another way you should be taking to get on that road to success.
Try another way of getting there. There are more ways than one and you’ve certainly used up your present way of doing things.
Identify why your way isn’t working
Work out a better way of getting where you want to be. Think, ‘more ways than one’.
Research how this new way has worked for others and why it’ll work for you
Step out of the present comfort zone and really take the plunge
Use the same energy and dedication you’ve put into your work, only this time, actually try a way that works. Follow the little squirrel and try hopping through the trees if the road you’re trying to travel on is totally jammed up.
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