Have you heard the phrase “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”?
It’s a proverb about perseverance and following through, even when things are hard. That is definitely admirable and something that we should work towards.
There is a necessary step to take after the going gets tough, but before you get going again. That step is this:
Stop and look.
When things get tough, you are going to have to make a deision about persevering through the difficult ircustancecs until you reach the other side. But, before you get there, you need to take a moment. And stop. Then look.
This is especially important when things are tough. At the moment that things turn more difficult than you expected, it is important to ask yourself a few things:
- Why are things more difficult now? What changed?
- What needs to change in your approach now that the environment has changed?
- What do you need in order to make it to the other side, that you might not have needed before?
- Will this require a different course of action than what I previously planned?
Taking a moment to stop and survey the road before you is extremely important before you continue.
When things get tough, you definitely should continue. But how you continue makes all the difference.
When the going gets tough, the tough stop and look, then they get going.
I get it…the phrase may not be as interesting now as it used to be! You might be thinking, “Wow! Jeff just ruined a perfectly good proverb!”
I probably did. But it’s true nonetheless. Take a moment. Catch your breath. Find the best way forward. Then move on!