When Is A Good Stopping Point?

I hear this all the time.

“This is a good place to stop. I’ll just pick up here tomorrow or next week.”

Though this sounds like a good idea, economically, it’s really ineffective.

The hardest part for most people is generally not continuing to move forward once you’ve started–it’s starting in the first place.

Uber drivers are a great example:

Most Uber drivers have a number of dollars in mind they’d like to make for the day.

Once they hit their number and then they stop working.

Some days it takes forever and other days they get there in a few hours.

Instead of saying “I’ve made enough to stop,” a more effective strategy would be to say: “I’m doing really well today, so I should keep going so I can make up for all the light days I’ll have in the future.”

Instead, Uber drivers are cutting out at the most profitable times and grinding through the most difficult hours even though they could make life a lot easier by capitalizing on those good days.

Think how much better life would be if you just stayed in the car on a good day and then just stopped early to go to the beach on a bad day where you only made $50.

So there are two good lessons to take from this:

  1. You can’t control the days that are good or bad, but you CAN choose to capitalize on the good days so you can protect yourself from the bad ones.
  2. The hard part isn’t finding a good place to start or stop, it’s just starting–so once you’ve started, don’t stop yourself short.

2 Minute Action:

What’s something that’s going really well in your life, right now?

What might leaning into that look like?

What would happen if you doubled down on that?

I bet you it only takes 2 minutes to make a phone call, send an email, or show up with your full self.

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