I Almost Gave Up!

As I sit in front of my computer having my morning coffee and enjoying the cool crisp morning air coming in through my window, I ponder over the idea of giving up, admitting defeat and moving on vs. staying headstrong, confident and believing in your goals.

The internal dialog of “Should I give in and try something different or should I be strong and keep going?” has become a broken record in my head lately.

Feelings of doubt and uncertainty keep playing over and over in my head, reminding me that pursuing a goal is hard… and sticking to it, is even harder.

It leaves me feeling weak and strong at the same time… Weak, because I find myself doubting my ability to reach my goals. Strong, because I’m able to view myself and my life from different angels and prevent myself from moving down the wrong path.

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Giving up?

A few days ago, I found myself on the verge of giving in and calling it quits.

Living Happy is one of the biggest goals I’ve ever had in my life… I want this more than anything, but I found myself loosing hope and trust in my success.

Trying to start a business is no joke. It requires constant focus, confidence, self-control, willpower and belief, in the fact that you can make this happen.

But, after years of trying to get Living Happy airborne, I still don’t feel like I’ve cracked the exposure and success code… It still feels like an uphill battle…

I’m very close to the point of asking myself the question; “will this ever work?” But, I also have this feeling in my gut “don’t give up, keep going!”.

Headstrong

When I’ve set my mind up for something, a goal, an intention or mission, I’m not one to give up easily. I will keep going for as long as I can, to reach my goal. But, trust me, the internal dialog WILL be on repeat in my head through the whole process.

“Should I give up now… is there some higher reason why it’s so hard for me to reach this goal… am I supposed to be pursuing something completely different… is the universe trying to tell me I’m barking up the wrong three?” 

But, I want to keep going. I’ve come too far to give up now! I believe in Living Happy, in my future success and I believe in myself!

Stories of success

Through my work, I’ve heard many amazing stories of success and triumph. Some tell the story of almost giving up, being on the verge of surrender and then finally – just before throwing in the towel – experiencing a major shift… a shift that changed everything.

And I’ve heard stories of giving up, saying no and cleaning house… only to find something unexpected and new on the other side… something that turned out to be the absolute perfect solution.

Sometimes we all feel lost in these decisions… uncertain about our next move… indecisive and insecure. But, all I know – deep in the center of my being – is that, we all need to listen to our own gut-feeling, our intuition.

What feels right to you at this moment? Do you feel like you’ve been going against the stream for way too long? Have you payed your goal an honest and fair try, have you worked hard to reach it, and do you still feel like success is far away or even impossible?

Here’s a few things that I needed to remind myself of, and that we all need to remember if we want to keep going for our goal:

  • First, remind yourself that nothing happens overnight.
  • Be kind to yourself. Pursuing goals is a lot of effort. You will make mistakes and sometimes fall and that’s ok, it’s all part of the process.
  • Schedule self-love time to rest and play. This is imperative to prevent burn out and giving up.

If you feel like giving up, I encourage you to ask yourself a few questions before you toss in the towel… Be certain that this is what you want to do before you make any permanent decisions.

Here are a few questions that I asked myself, to determine what I want going forward:

  • Why did you want to pursue this goal to begin with, and has anything changed?
  • Could you give it an honest try, by putting in some goal-oriented focus time? Maybe get up 15 minutes early every day to work on your goal?
  • You could enlist the help from a mentor, trusted friend or a coach to help you stay on track?
  • What’s the worst that will happen if you keep going and don’t reach your goal?
  • Are you afraid of succeeding?
  • Would you enjoy giving a loved one the honest explanation for why you gave up?
  • Would your life be better if you gave up on this goal?
  • How much have you already put in?
  • What would you tell someone else if they were in your shoes?

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