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10 Reasons to Never Give Up

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over…it became a butterfly.  –proverb

We’re often so much closer than we realize to a breakthrough.  You are capable of so much, it just requires you to hang in there and push a little harder.  Don’t let the weather, the time of year, that you got sick, that the days are short, insert whatever might have you down here, stop you.  Life happens and there may be something that slows your progress but don’t give up.  Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

If it's what you really want & what is best for you, here are 10 reminders of why you are going to keep going:

1.)     You’re reading this which means you’re alive.  You have the gift of this day and anything is possible.  As long as you are breathing, healthy & free you have the choice to keep trying, to keep going.  You never know what is around the next corner, who you’ll meet, what exciting thing will happen next…but you’ve got to show up for your life and be open to it.

2.)    Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, didn’t make the varsity basketball team his first time out.  He was deemed too short to play.  He practiced rigorously, became the star of the junior varsity team & the next year he made varsity.  The rest is history.

3.)    Winston Churchill failed sixth grade.  He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at age 62.  He later wrote, “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Never, Never, Never give up.”

4.)    Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.”  He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive”.  As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.  When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?”  Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times.  The light bulb was an invention of 1,000 steps.”

5.)    Be realistic about what it is going to take.  The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent.  It takes time to learn and you will make mistakes.  Mistakes are part of the learning process.  Learn from them and like Edison, you’re one step closer to what will work by knowing what doesn’t.  Adapt, tweak & tune your goal based on what you learn.

6.)    If you don’t believe in your dreams, who will?  Don’t sell yourself short.  In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible.  Believe in your dreams and don’t let anyone take them away from you.  You have all you need within you.

7.)    You can change the world.  When you achieve what you set out to then you can use that success to make a difference in the world or other peoples’ lives.   Be a positive influence.  Inspire others.  Show them what is possible when you never give up.

8.)    Let the haters hate.  Unfortunately there will always be haters.  There will be naysayers and those who judge.  Sadly, it’s true that misery loves company.  Don’t pay attention to them and do not take what they say to heart.  Surround yourself with people that believe in & support you, let the others fade to background noise. 

9.)    You are strong.  Dig deep.  You are strong & nothing is going to stop you.

10.)   And last but not least – You Are SO Close!  Often when you feel like giving up, you are about to make a massive breakthrough.  Read Seth Godin’s book “The Dip”, it teaches that at any given moment you are a heartbeat away from success.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over…it became a butterfly.  –proverb