Last weekend I passed my first Kung Fu test. This means that my introductory period is over and I have been invited to apply to the mastery program. Showing basic martial competency as well as a token knowledge of history and a good understanding of decorum was required before I could advance. All that is left if this application to state my intent and a meeting with the Sifu – the headmaster of the school.
The hardest part of this process hasn’t been the test, it’s this application.
You see, this school is looking for students who are in it for the long haul. They want students that will be there and be dedicated over a long period of time. Not only does this make practical business sense, it makes for a good teaching and learning environment. As such, the lengthy questionnaire I’ve been filling out has some challenging questions. One is particularly interesting and that’s where I get the title of this post.
Here it is in abbreviated format:
If you should ever lose motivation, how will you work with us to re-motivate yourself and reinforce your commitment to fulfilling your goals?
What a !@#$ing question!
I give my response in an Open Letter to My Quitting Self here.
Dear Quitting Self,
I hope you know what you’re doing. You’ve never quit anything before. Why is this time different? Have your underlying assumptions changed? Have you found a different goal that’s worthy to pursue? I certainly hope so.
You’re a goal-driven person so be sure you have your next adventure clearly defined ahead of time before you make this change. If you have no challenge, you’ll get bored. And we know that boredom is the exact opposite of fun so we don’t want that.
It’s okay to move your attentions, effort and time to a new goal. It is not okay to squander any of these resources. They come in limited supply – especially time. Just be sure you’re moving your resources like you’d trade a stock – to better deploy them in the expectation of a higher return.
Be sure you have a game plan and an exit strategy. Never walk into any entranceway you can’t figure at least two other ways back out of.
Make certain your excited about this change. You should be happier and feel lighter on your feet. If your gut is against you, that’s a sign you should investigate further.
Sincerely, Currently Goal Seeking Self.
What About You?
What are you currently wrapped up in? What would you write to a future quitting self?