When setting a grand goal, (such as total financial freedom via trading world markets) we are mentally prepared at the outset to encounter some kind of difficulty. When we get to it, it can psychologically look something like this:
A large barrier blocks the way to our goal, yet we KNOW that the realization of our goal lies somewhere on the other side if we can surmount this obstacle. With great efforts then we focus our attention and do the necessary work to get over it.
Yet what we then find is another obstacle; the next block. At this, a small percentage might become discouraged and quit, but others tackle this new obstacle with the same determination that they did on the last one. The problem lies in our inability to consider the enormity of the task at hand. If we could look around the wall to see forwards in time, we may see something like this:
If we had the benefit of such insight we might be able to accurately guess at just how far we had to go and how many more difficulties we have to get over, but we don’t. At each wall, a tiny percentage fall by the wayside, exhausted by these seemingly continual fruitless efforts. The only question is at what point do we jack it in at take up some other pursuit? Interestingly no matter how far we got, once we decide to quit and join the 95% we are no different from someone who gave up at the first obstacle, even if we gave up at the very last wall.
Or do we just doggedly keep going over wall after wall? Its obvious that the only option we have is to either quit or keep going at it and never giving up. Which will you be?