Let’s be honest, it is easy to get discouraged. Are you persistent and giving continuous effort? Do you have the right mindset?
People often talk about achieving the best mindset.
The mindset that keeps you focused, on-track, and stops at nothing.
The core concept may be that adversity is an opportunity, keep your eye on the prize.
In sports people will often suggest that they gave their best effort. They tried their hardest, used everything they had, and can walk away (even in defeat) proud.
One of the most important aspects of a positive, progressive mindset is that your best effort is always a stretch goal.
You may have given it your best today, yet that is not the same as your best next time.
Adversity has a strange way of halting progress for those who allow it. For those who are really committed to continuous effort and growth adversity is simply part of the process.
It is good to leave the playing field feeling like you gave it your all.
The same is true for your next meeting, client engagement, or your attempt to close the sale.
If you weren’t as successful as you had hoped, consider that you gave it your best. The key though, is that you gave it your best effort so far.
Settling for the concept that your best today is the best that you can ever give means your progress will stop. It will never get any better than today.
That’s not you.
With continuous effort and the right mindset, you’ve only just begun.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.