I talked yesterday about changing the way we try to reach our goals without giving up on the goal itself. How do we know when it is time to stop what we are trying and do something else?
The important thing to be aware of here is what I will call the threshold of progress. This is the point where the work that you are doing starts to produce tangible results and the creation of the changes you desire in your life.
A process for change may have a long foundation period. That is the time it takes to build up enough work to reach the threshold of progress. This foundational period, however, should be marked with milestones, in other words, we should be able to notice our progression towards the threshold.
One sign that we may need to change our tactics during the foundation period is when the tasks of preparation become repetitive.
If it is like being stuck at the bottom of a pit of sand where every time you start to climb the sides the walls collapse and bring you back down to the bottom, or if no matter how much you climb the pit, it just becomes wider, then that is time to find a new strategy to get out.