If Sissyphus were alive today he’d be living in Colorado and, instead of eternally rolling a boulder up a hill only to see it roll back to the bottom, he’d be forced to edit our Phase 2 Self-Defense Techniques DVD in iMovie and have it crash each time it’s about done only to have to start the whole thing over–again. (yes, even with backing up every few minutes)
Perseverance or futility? Well, I’m teaching myself a new program, Final Cut, so we’ll see if I can get this DVD done and out within the next week or so. If you see my hunched over my computer with an intense look on my face it’s because I’m more determined (obsessed?) than ever to get this DVD out because I know lots of people are waiting for it.
Wish me luck.
I wonder, how do you react to disastrous setbacks? Are you like me? Do you get that emotional rush and overwhelming feeling of “What’s the point? This will never work.”
If this happens to you I hope that’s not the ONLY reactions you have. I fear that most people react this way and just give up. I hope you respond like I do and experience the powerful emotions that follow the self-pity.
When I’m done focusing on how unfair it is that all my work was for naught I always get hit with a tidal wave of emotion. That feeling is a pit bull-like determination that something as silly as this will NEVER STOP ME. I re-focus and re-double my efforts to break through whatever barrier is in front of me and overcome whatever setback I may have faced.
From experience, I know these setbacks usually wind up spurring me to much higher levels of accomplishment. That is sweet success.
I hope the same for you.