Updated: Jan 4, 2022
You hear it all the time, don’t give up! You can make it through this! Don’t give up! Maybe you hear it in your head when you’re working out, or while trying to get something done at work, or while writing that novel that you just haven’t had the energy to finish yet. Or maybe you hear it from your boss, your husband, your wife, your best friend.
1) Success will come!
The road to success isn’t easy. It takes persistence, effort, perseverance and even some good luck to get to where you want to be. The only way you can make it is if you don’t give up. Even when things are tough, your first idea failed or things just aren’t working out as planned, don’t let that discourage you from continuing on your journey. Take a moment and journal what you think success looks like to you. Now compile a list of goals. Something I have clients do is complete something called a 30-60-90-day worksheet after this point. This breaks their goals down into tasks, making it easier to complete their goals and therefore a step closer to their idea of success.
2) There is a lesson in Failure
Failure is often seen as something negative, but it's really only a lesson. It's all about how you deal with failure that determines whether or not it has a positive or negative impact on your life. If you choose to give up every time something goes wrong, failure will haunt you forever. But if you find creative ways to overcome these obstacles, failure can be used as fuel for change and growth. Just don't give up!
3) You learn about yourself
It’s easy to give up in situations where we feel like we’re in over our heads. If you’re in a position of conflict or where you feel like your talents aren’t being put to good use, it can be tempting to walk away and find another situation that better suits your skills. This is the point where you should be honest with yourself. Ask yourself, "What is this doing for me?" Only you know the true answer.
4) The World Hasn’t Experienced You Yet
If you're giving up, it's likely because you're comparing yourself to others. I wrote about this in the last blog, and the key thing to remember is that not everyone is working toward your goals, so of course their successes are going to look more dramatic than yours. Remind yourself of what you’re setting out to do and what makes sense for your life—not anyone else’s. If possible, change your environment so that it encourages your productivity rather than discourages it.
5) Discouragement Can Fuel You!
Even successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have faced failures along their journey. They never let failure stop them because they knew that setbacks are just another part of life. If you’re discouraged, ask yourself what you can learn from your mistakes and how to use that knowledge to achieve your goals. Everyone gets discouraged at some point in life—no one is immune—but everyone gets back up too. Don’t give up; keep pushing on toward your goals!
So if you needed to hear it again, DON'T GIVE UP! You got this!