Don’t Be Afraid to Re-Evaluate
Are you making the kind of progress you want to be making on your financial goals? If not, it may be time to take a look around and re-evaluate.
Sometimes we keep trying to reach a goal without stopping to consider whether or not the things we’re trying are actually effective. We feel like if we just try hard enough, we’ll get there.
And that can be true — some of the time.
But not always. If we keep adding gasoline to our car when what it really needs is a new engine, adding gasoline isn’t going to help.
I have a big problem with trying the same thing for too hard and too long, because I have a tendency to over-persist.
For example, when I first tried to get out of debt, a slew of overdrafts kept coming up. I thought that if I could just work harder at keeping our account balanced, the overdraft problem would go away and we could really make some progress.
So I tried, and tried, and tried. And then I tried some more.
But “just keeping the account balanced” wasn’t actually the problem. So I could have tried til the cows came home without ever getting anywhere.
It wasn’t until I took a step back and re-evaluated both the problem and the possible solutions that I was able to come up with alternatives and begin to make some progress.
Persistence is critical, but you have to persist at the right things.