The single thing that is tougher and scarier than starting a new job is starting an old job all over again. With a new job, your mind has nothing to compare your results to at the end of the day. Normally, each day is better than the previous. This upward trajectory discredits whatever doubts you had on day one. Life is easy. Life is care free because you have nowhere to go but up.
But when you step back into a job that you were once good at, striving for the same results, most likely you fail. In this case, you have plenty to compare to which can be mentally draining. Doubts easily creep into your head.
Am I good at this any more?
Has my skill passed me by?
Is this a waste of time?
Who on earth will buy this crap?
Learning how to persevere through the first few weeks and months seems almost impossible. Staying positive is paramount during this phase of your new job. Positivity, even the face of adversity, is how you push through.
Perseverance is a tough lesson that we can all benefit from learning. In the instantaneous Internet age where every obscure sport statistic and tabloid breakup are found in a matter of seconds, we have lost our mental fortitude. When things take too long or seem too tough, we give up easily settling for mediocrity.
It’s time to relearn that great things take time and, most of all, hard work.