How does one stay committed in the face of adversity? It is so easy for me to get discouraged. I am confident and positive, but even so, rejection is hard. None of us like it.
I think when you are done presenting, you want everyone to love you and to have learned one new idea. Occasionally it does not turn out that way. A peer was sharing with me recently how after her presentation, she asked for evaluations, and some were very negative. I think that people who feel the need to complain, or be insulting, often have a challenge going on in their own life. I believe no rejection feels good, whether it comes from family, friends or acquaintances.
I recently watched the movie Philomena. All that Philomena wanted was to know that her life mattered and that her giving life mattered. I think when we are challenged in our career, our fitness goals, or our relationships, we have to dig deep to stay committed. For Philomena, her “WHY” was big enough to keep going, even when it was difficult and painful. I think we all have to stay committed to the “WHY” regardless of what others say.
My peer also had a women at the end of that same presentation say her speech changed and maybe even saved her life. Making a difference in ONE person’s life is why so many coach, speak, and teach. I am always looking for just ONE person to touch, impact or change at each presentation I give. When you work out, eat healthy, and the scale still doesn’t change, how do we stay committed, we remember the “WHY”…. how it feels to not be on meds, to have energy, go for a walk, or play with the kids.
Many people will tell you being committed is about being 80% in, I think it is about being 80% in and then taking one more step forward.