On the heels of my last post on “Are You Climbing The Right Mountain?” here’s another important litmus test for you. And this one is on the individual side…
I get asked quite often how one knows if it’s time to stop. As sometimes, even if you’re scaling the right mountain, it might just not be worth it. Or the mountain is much smaller than you originally thought it was. Or you’re just so damn tired of trying and failing.
There are any number of reasons why you sometimes feel like giving up. And there are at least an equal number of reasons why you should keep pushing.
Here’s how I check in on myself in these situations (hat tip to the amazing Daniel Epstein, who taught me this lesson):
When you go to bed in the evening take a moment and ask yourself how you’re feeling about the day. And when you wake up in the morning ask yourself how you’re feeling about the day ahead.
If, for some reason, the answer to both questions is “not so good” for a reasonable amount of time, it might be opportune to rethink your options.