The 40% rule for perseverance
Have you ever been so exhausted, frustrated and low that you felt like giving up…?
If you’ve run your own business or reached a senior level in your role, the chances are that at some point, you’ve felt extreme pressure. You may have questioned or doubted yourself, felt like there was no fuel left in your tank and wondered whether you’re on the right path and should give up.
I know, I’ve been there.
From my corporate roles with frequent 60+ hour weeks, regular travel, to having my own businesses, I have felt like giving up many times.
Often times though, this is your mind and body’s way of telling you that you’re about to step outside of your comfort zone and that if you keep going, you’re about to achieve a breakthrough. It’s exactly the time when you should NOT give up.
But how do you get over the mental barrier and have the motivation to keep going?
A rule I learned and that has been hugely inspiring to me is the 40% rule. This rule is taught to Navy Seals during their training, the idea being that when you hit the wall, feel exhausted, have nothing left to give and feel like giving up, you’re only 40% done. You still have 50 - 60% left to give.
How powerful is that?
When you hit the wall, feel exhausted, have nothing left to give and feel like giving up, you’re only 40% done. You still have 50 - 60% left to give!
This rule demonstrates that many people live within their comfort zones but have a reserve tank that can drive them to achieve what they desire, but it’s not without hard work, perseverance and resilience!
So, no matter what you’re facing or going through in your business, career or life – if it’s important to you, don’t give up. Often the biggest successes are just around the corner and going through the “shall I give up?” motion just means that you’re on the right track and that a breakthrough is in sight.
Stay focussed and keep going – anything worth achieving, is worth persevering for!
“You only fail when you stop trying!”
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