Copy The Cat And Learn Persistence
Do you have a cat? If so, you know that the cat understands the importance of persistence, and uses this technique to great advantage.
An example: The cat has an inner clock that tells him when it is time to eat. He knows if he wants breakfast, he has to get you out of bed. His techniques for doing so will be many and varied, though if he finds a method that works well, he will use it over and over.
Eventually he wins and he gets his meal.
My cat recently used this persistence technique to get something else he wanted. He is on a prescription diet. The vet said since the food was medicated, he could only eat that food in order for the medication to work.
For quite some time, no problem. The cat liked the food and ate all of it. It might take a few visits to the food bowl, as he seems to like to eat a little bit at a time and then come back to finish later.
However, once he had to eat the same diet for about eight months, he got tired of it. I can understand. Would you like to eat the same food, day in and day out, for that long? Well, my cat did not like the lack of variety.
The result: He quit eating. He'd eat a little and then leave it, but it took him longer and longer to finish it, until finally he would not eat very much of it.
One friend said, "Just leave it there. If he gets hungry enough, he will eat it." Well, that is true, and the technique worked, sort of. He would eventually eat most of it, but then he'd just leave it in the bowl.
He might try to scrape some of the floor over it to hid it, but the floor would not cooperate, and the food, of course, was not covered.
If he were overweight, it might be good that he wouldn't eat all of it. However, he had lost weight since I brought him home, which was good, as he was overweight. But now he had reached just the right size, but I didn't want him to lose any more.
What to do? I called the vet three times, and each time she said, "Do not give him anything else to eat." At one point, I'd cooked a chicken thigh, and put a couple of TEASPOONS of the fatty juice over his food.
He liked that -- ate the food right away, because I'd changed the taste a bit.
I checked with the vet to see if the chicken broth would be acceptable. She said, "No, absolutely not. The medicine in the food will not work if you add anything to it."
The third time I called with the same problem, she finally told me I could try another brand which had the same medication. She didn't tell me sooner because the clinic did not sell that brand, so they wanted me to keep ordering the same thing.
So, I ordered some, and when it finally came, the cat gobbled up the food. I can't believe he likes it so much -- it stinks! But he is now happy with this new food.
As this brand has a couple of flavors, all medicated the same way, I've ordered another flavor to try after a couple of months. If he likes it, then I have three kinds of food I can give as alternates, and the problem is solved.
The solution came only because the cat kept giving me the same message about his food. He wanted a change! Because of his persistence, I finally found a solution for the problem. Now the cat and I are both happy.
Apply this technique to your life and to your business. When you run into a problem that you can't solve, don't just give up. Think of the example of the cat. Investigate and research until you find a solution. It's out there, somewhere. Don't just give up. Keep searching until you find an answer.
Now my cat has eaten all his breakfast and is sleeping in his cozy bed in front of the heater -- his favorite place in the house. His persistence kept me searching for a solution, until at last I found one.
Learn from the cat. Don't give up. Keep trying until you find a solution to your problem. If you adopt the persistence of the cat, you will find your answer eventually, and continue to move forward.