Stay on the Attack When Pursuing Greatness

If you walk when you should chase, you'll never catch whatever it is you're pursuing.

When you’re chasing a big dream or trying for a huge breakthrough, it can feel like it is taking forever to get there. You’re frustrated. You’re confused. You may doubt yourself. You may start to think, “I need a break. I’m just going to sit down on the side of the road for a little while and have a rest.” Worse, you may convince yourself that it’s just not going to happen.

Don’t do it!

Stay on the attack. Dig deep and give even more to the chase. You cannot afford to back off when you’ve put in serious quantities of time, energy, effort, and other resources. Nothing good comes from backing off when you’re already fully invested.

Stay on the attack! At any point, you can start making excuses, keep making excuses, or stop making excuses. 

Why is it crucial to be aggressive in the chase?

  1. 1. Success, big discoveries, and big breakthroughs are elusive. If they were easy, everybody would be Steve Jobs or Michael Jordan or Albert Einstein.
  2. 2. First time breakthroughs are even harder. You haven’t been there. You haven’t done it before. You don’t know yet exactly how much effort it’s going to take.
  3. 3. Being aggressive keeps you more focused on doing and less focused on the doubts that can creep in.

When you’re giving it your all, your emotions run high. Every little hurdle can seem like a catastrophe. You start to think you might be crazy to believe you could achieve something big. Every winner has had those moments. It’s hard to think clearly when you get worn out and emotional, but it’s at these brittle times you have to grab hold of yourself and keep some perspective.

You can’t keep pushing to the finish if you let worry shut you down.

Instead, remind yourself of the facts. Being frustrated is a sign you’ve put in massive amounts of time, energy and effort. You are closing in on your breakthrough. You’ve got too much invested to stop now. Frustration and confusion always exist before a breakthrough. Doubt and exhaustion are signs that you’re on the right track and getting closer.

Keep moving and stay on the attack. You’re almost there! 

Somebody, somewhere, is counting on you to finish.

Note: This post was originally posted on April 4, 2011, and updated on June 21, 2015.

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