Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question.
“Are there times when the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, even in the face of undesirable consequences of ceasing the squeeze?”
That’s a great question. I love that phrase, I don’t know who said it, but it’s awesome.
I think there are, there has to be, right? As an example, if I didn’t get a sale, but I put all this effort in and work and work and work and I didn’t get it, so I gave up on the squeeze. I guess maybe another example is a relationship, but you’re working on it.
The short answer to your question is yes, there are times when the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, even if the consequences of stopping the squeeze are undesirable. Yeah, I can think of numerous times now you’ve asked this question. It feels a little bit like I’m giving you permission to stop squeezing, and I don’t know what I’m giving you permission to stop squeezing. So, you have to weigh the consequences, right?
If you’ve been watching any time at all, you know that Marty has given us edification that sometimes you have to measure the energy input. So the outputs, I think that’s what they have to do, right? They say if I’ going to put in all this effort over here squeezing, but I stop squeezing, there’s no more juice. What are the consequences of stopping the squeeze? What are the consequences of continuing? What are the upsides of continuing the squeeze? What are the upsides of stopping? It’s largely an analytical thing. It’s not going to be a gut thing. You’re going to really have to think through this, otherwise you could find yourself in a little bit of a challenge.
So, yes, the answer is there are times where the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, even in the face of undesirable consequences. But you have to figure out what is the likely process if you keep squeezing, what is the process if you stop, and how long do you want to squeeze? I’m a big believer in giving things a time limit then evaluating again. Never make life changing decisions in moments of high emotional intensity. That means intense exhaustion, intense frustration, intense happiness. Never make life altering decisions in those moments.
I hope that’s helpful!
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