Recently, I wrote a piece about how to commit to the things you start. In it, I argued that most people are spectacularly bad at committing to things which don't have a culturally or socially-enforced system of accountability. This is unfortunate, because being successful in life inevitably depends on either doing things that weren't mandatory ...
One of the most important skills you can cultivate is the ability to plan, execute and finish your projects. Unfortunately, most people are spectacularly bad at this skill. I've witnessed this firsthand. Over the lifetime of this blog, I've ran several small-scale courses where I've tried to help people one-on-one.
You know the dilemma. You've been doing something for awhile, but it doesn't seem to be working. Should you keep going, and push through with it? Or quit and do something else? There's no right answer to this. Sometimes, sticking through will be the right answer.
You're supposed to write an essay, but you procrastinate. The treadmill is collecting dust in your basement. You want to learn a language, start a business or change careers, but those ideas go nowhere. Inaction is something we've all experienced. Inaction, more than anything else, is the cause of our failures and our miseries.