We’re usually good at recognizing cause and effect that is near and immediate. But we’re very short-sighted at recognizing the chain reactions and aftereffects of our actions when they manifest down the road.
Whether your goal is breakthrough disruption of an industry, or creating a healthy, happy long-term relationship – you’re going to need some tenacity and perseverance. The most daunting aspect of this for many people, is how they are perceived in the short term.
If you want to raise healthy, well-grounded children, you are going to have to be willing to go through stages where they resent or even think they hate you. If you want to build a different kind of company that truly makes a difference, you have to be willing to be criticized, misunderstood, and even ridiculed.
You can’t wait for praise, because you may not be getting any. You can’t count on being understood, because you probably won’t be. You have to be willing to persevere, without those payoffs.
You’ll only break through if you possess the self-awareness to mine your self-confidence from inner metrics – the ones that you know matter most.
How are you doing on that?