When a project, career, relationship or game begins there is the hope, and even the assumption that it will be successful. You are motivated and optimistic. But what happens when things get mired in problems or caught up in conflicts, or the project slows to a snail's pace. What happens when whatever you are doing becomes troubled in all the many ways that can happen?
On a project, in a losing sports team or in a floundering business people may lose the motivation to press on. Morale falls, and performance degrades. This is exacerbated by the tendency many managers have to crack the whip and put on more pressure, often without addressing the real causes of the trouble. It is also exacerbated by the failure of managers and team members to acknowledge that anything is wrong.
In the work of self-improvement hindrances and a perceived lack of progress engender doubt and doubt causes the fire of effort to burn down and go out. The seeker settles into the status quo and stops working.
Similarly, in a personal relationship, conflicts and disappointments may take the steam out of the relationship, particularly if they are not addressed. The perfect mate turns out to be flawed.
How do we motivate ourselves and others in the face of trouble and problems? How do we get inspired to get through the situation and succeed? How do we find the courage to admit that success is not possible and cut our losses?
Tune in next month for some answers to these questions. In the mean time, think about it. If you have the time and interest let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.