It’s impossible. I will never get this done. It’s just too difficult.
A mindset like this causes people to give up when their circumstances are not favorable. It creates a feeling of helplessness and despair which robs us of hope and diminishes our abilities. If unchecked, instead of making progress we slow down, stop, and then drift backwards. Moments like this is where the resilient dig in to reach their dreams. We must be relentless in the pursuit of our goals.
“Never, never, never, give up! – Winston Churchill
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You have come too far. You have been through too much. You are too deep into the journey down the path to turn back now. No matter how intimidating the challenge in front of you may seem, you will never reach your goal if you run when the going gets tough. If its important enough to you, nothing should be able to stop you. However, if you are contemplating quitting I included below five powerful reasons for you to stand in the midst of adversity and never give up:
1. Dreams Are Possible
“Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman did something that seemed impossible to many. She wanted freedom so badly that she found a way to escape slavery in spite of the deaths of many others that had attempted it before her. It is through her courage that many African Americans made it from captivity to freedom. Why did they trust and follow her? They did because time and time again she proved that it was possible. She did it for herself and then she did it for others. Historical accounts state that she did not lose a single escapee on the underground railroad.
No matter the odds, it’s possible.
2. Hope Builds Momentum
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seems hopeless failure may turn to glorious triumph.” -Elbert Hubbard
A place that is void of hope is a place where dreams go to die, a place where people honor survival over progress, a place where the atmosphere reminds you more of a prison than a place of free will.
I can tell you with absolute confidence that you don’t have to stay there. All it takes is a mustard seed of hope for momentum to start to develop. A simple thought, action, affirmation, or encouraging word can be the catalyst that catapults you to greatness.
3. Adversity Develops Character
“Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” W. Clement Stone
4. Consistency Gets Results
“I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work.” Louis C. K.
Our daily habits often contribute to our success and failures. It is what we do consistently everyday that impacts the direction of our life. When chasing our dreams we have to make sure that we add the practices daily to take our skills from novice to master. This means that we are to continually seek growth in what we do. If we can make the habit of pushing ourselves just a little more everyday, no matter how we feel, we will obtain the results we want. If we make excuses, we can’t be shocked about the lack of results.
5. People Are Looking For Hope Through You
“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry they are always watching you.” Robert Fulghum
Children are just one example of people who are always watching your every move. They are looking to you to be an example to model their lives around. I can personally attest to this with my own children as well as they often behave like me in social situations.
However, observing is not only done by adolescents. Your peers, co-workers, and family members are also watching how you respond to various situations in your life. The good ones are looking for you to inspire them and show them that their dreams are possible because they witnessed you reach yours. I can think back just over the last few years and can tell you that watching many of my friends progress their careers and strive for greatness has motivated me to seek my own path as well. You never know who is silently cheering you on in the background because your success will bring them hope.
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Fighting though adversity and the challenges you will face on your journey won’t be easy. In fact, they will cause you to make sacrifices you may not be ready to make, answer questions you would prefer to address at another time, and take more time than you may want to give.
However, the weight lifted off of your shoulders from the feeling of helplessness is worth all the temporary pain in your pursuit. There is a way out and that is all that matters. You can be free from the overwhelming feeling of doubt. You are on the cusp of a breakthrough that is well within your grasp if you would stretch yourself and reach for it. My hope today is that I have given you some solid reason not to quit. Whatever you have to go through to reach your goals is worth it.
Make today great!