Hey guys! My name’s Itxy, and today we’re going to talk about how to keep going when “nothing” is happening.
By the end of this video, you’ll know why I put air quotes around nothing, and you’ll honestly probably never want to give up again.
DOES THIS SCENARIO SOUND FAMILIAR?
You had an idea, and it was a risk, but you decided that it was a risk worth taking. So, you started working and sharing your ideas with the world, and you just kept doing that, you know? You keep doing that.
There’s one problem though, you really love what you’re doing, and you’re enjoying the work, but nothing’s really happening. You’re sharing your work and your ideas, but it’s all falling flat.
It seems like there’s no evidence or data that people know who you are or know that you even exist on social media.
Well, there’s like 50 people who are actually following you and your work, but if you want to make a living out of what you’re doing, you need more than 50 people.
So, if this is happening to you, don’t worry because this is something that a lot of people are confused about when they’re first getting started. They’re putting in the work, but nothing is happening.
But the problem is, and the reason that you’re watching [read: reading] this is because you know what the scenario is, but the problem is that because you’re not seeing the impact that your work is having, you’re getting discouraged.
Now you’re doubting yourself and thinking, ‘Should I really be doing this? Should I have started it in the first place?’ Now you’re questioning everything and wondering is you should quit because the process isn’t as enjoyable as it was in the beginning.
This is going to be really cheesy, but really you’re heart is telling you to keep going and your mind is telling to to quit and start something new.
YOU HAVE TO BE UNREASONABLE
You’re very intelligent, and your mind has some great things to tell you! Keep listening to your brain… but the problem is that sometimes your brain isn’t right. I’m not insulting you, I promise.
What your brain is telling you is that you’re being unreasonable, and your brain is right! You are being unreasonable and crazy!
The thing is though…
These people understand that you have to be unreasonable. You have to be crazy and insane to push the limits, and to accomplish things that you didn’t think were possible.
KEEP GOING BY REMAINING PATIENT
You have to keep going because I believe that you’re going to make an impact, and whether that impact is huge or small, impact is impact.
Noticeably touching one life can mean unoticeably touching thousands. Sometimes nothing happens in life. You do something and what you expected to happen didn’t happen, but the thing is that something did happen.
The reason being that something is always happening. No matter what you do, it has an effect. You learned this in elementary school, every cause has an effect. Whether that cause is big or small, it’s still a cause. Whether the effect is touching one life or touching millions, it’s still an effect.
What I’m trying to get at is that sometimes you do something, and you can’t see what happening. You’ll take an action, and you are literally unable to see the effect it’s having.
That’s why you feel so discouraged because you can’t see the evidence or the impact that you’re having.
Anyway, it’s here that trust gets involved. Why trust? Because like I said, something is always happening. Because you can’t always see that, you have to trust that time is going to make that evidence visible.
You should keep going because you only have one job. Your job is to take the steps necessary in order to reach your goal. Your job is to put in the work. That means getting up in the morning and taking out your laptop, or getting your saxophone, or getting your paint brush, or whatever, and just doing.
It’s action + time that makes things visible. It’s about building momentum.
You have to keep going because “nothing” may be happening right now, but eventually, if you keep going, then you’re going to start seeing the numbers rise, and your joy rise. Everything seems to be rising because you just keep going!
Time makes evidence visible. You do the work, then you let time pass, and eventually, you’ll get to where you want.
KEEP GOING BY FALLING IN LOVE WITH ONE YOU DO ALL OVER AGAIN
Also, if you want to keep going, you have to remember why you started in the first place.
I don’t mean in a selfless reason (to have an impact on the world, or to reach your goals, or to get rich.) I mean, remember why you love what you do, the reason that you’re passionate about it.
Right now you’re stressed because “nothing” is happening, but now that you know that “nothing” isn’t happening, you just can’t see the evidence, it’s time to trust time and fall in love with the process all over again.
Now you keep going simply because you love what you do. This is the time where you forget about the numbers and the data and the analytics and just do. Just do the work!
Just focus on the thing that you love, and on offering people value. And don’t focus on the amount of people that you’re offering value to, just the fact that there’s people in the first place.
Doing what you love is the only thing that matters right now. It’s the number one thing that’s going to push you to keep going.
That said, that’s the end of this. Thank you for reading! Let me know in the comments down below if you enjoyed this video and if you’ve decided to keep going instead of quitting!