It can be overwhelming when all the ties holding our lives together start unravelling at once. Sometimes life throws so many curveballs we don’t even have time to recover before we’re knocked down again. But don’t give up. Don’t give up on life and don’t give up on yourself. You can handle this. You can get through this. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control what you do about it. You can do this. When you think the final nail is in, think again, you’ll be surprised, you will still rise.
That moment when we are falling can be the most terrifying. We cannot tell how far we’ll fall, how hard the hit will be or how devastating the aftermath will be. Rarely do we ever picture ourselves catching a second wind. But we can. Falling isn’t a problem if we don’t let the fall be the end. We all make mistakes but we can all recover from them. We can bounce back and catch our second wind. We might not land in the same place as before; it will be an even better destination. Believe you can and it will.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. ~ Earl Nightingale
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Stars are formed in a cloud of dust. The cloud of gas and dust collapses under it’s own gravitational attraction. And a protostar is born, made up of some of the gas and dust it’s gathered in the process. What does this have to do with you? Well, you never know what might happen tomorrow. If you think your world is ending or you feel your world is unclear, remember you never know what might happen tomorrow. All the trouble and turmoil is building you into a star. A beautiful, bright star. Have faith. And don’t give up too easily. Your world isn’t ending, it’s just beginning.
Even though we often tend to relive it, we ultimately cannot change the past. And whilst punishing ourselves seems to fit what we think we deserve, we need to learn to forgive ourselves. Because without forgiveness, there’s no moving forward and then there’s no future. We should always forgive ourselves for our mistakes, but here are a few times when we definitely should:
- When we let other people down – sometimes we have to do what’s best for us. And sometimes that’s borne out of things beyond our control. We cannot always please everyone and satisfy our own passions and dreams at the same time. At the end of the day, we have one life and we have to live it.
- When we trust the wrong person – we cannot see the inner workings of another person. So we cannot expect ourselves to know another’s intentions or predict another’s actions. Trust might be hard to hand out again next time, but don’t give up on it, because relationships are beautiful. They mean you’re living and not hiding.
- When we think we should be perfect – we set high expectations of ourselves, even if they’ve been created by somebody else. We all have limitations that we either need to accept or overcome. Don’t be so harsh on yourself. It’s ok to mess up. That’s how we get better.
- When we gave up on something – we all have times when we give up on something for a particular reason, whether temporary or permanent. And later on, we might come to regret that. But it’s never too late to start on an old or a new ambition. Learn a lesson from the last experience and push past that hurdle this time.
There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.
What do you need to get better at forgiving yourself for?
Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; there’s nothing more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on‘ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge
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There are times when we feel like we’re drowning. We’re trying to tread water but our body feels heavy and we’re on the verge of letting the waves wash over us. Sometimes we’re giving into those voices inside our heads and other times we’re giving into the voices of others, telling us we’re not good enough. But we need to hold onto whatever has got us this far, whether it’s passion, love, confidence, belief, courage. We need to tune out those voices and play our fight song. Because you are good enough. You are strong. You can do this. You still have it in you. Prove those voices wrong.
Our first instinct, when we face a situation that is terrifying, unpleasant or difficult, is to get out as quickly as possible. Sometimes, it’s the best course of action. We just stop. We just give up. But sometimes we do it unnecessarily. Sometimes, the best way out is through. That’s where strength is born. That’s where adventure lies. That’s where knowledge awaits. That’s where living begins. Don’t hide away when things get tough. You will get through it. And you’ll be better because of it.
It’s so discouraging to hit a low point in any aspect of our lives, whether in relationships, in a project, in our work, in our goals, especially when we know we’ve been putting in the effort and time. It’s like we’re running uphill but going nowhere or desperately trying to find land but stuck in the middle of the sea. But let’s not give up. Even if we have to walk, crawl, float, take a breath, we mustn’t give up, because we are getting closer and closer. With each step, we’re covering more ground, we’re getting better, and we’re figuring out what will and won’t work. With each step, we’re moving forward, even if we feel like we’re going backwards or around in circles. Don’t stop now; what you’re looking for might just be round the corner.
The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens.
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Sometimes there are times when we shouldn’t give up, especially those times when we are pursuing our dreams, no matter how hard we are working or how long it takes to get results. We shouldn’t give up on ourselves, because we have potential and we can let it shine through. But, what about those times that we spend endlessly trying to make a relationship work, or trying to keep a friendship from crumbling, or sticking to a job or course that gives us no satisfaction? Giving up shouldn’t always be viewed as a negative. Sometimes, it takes the strongest people to have the courage to give up on the things that aren’t making them happy. If relationships aren’t going anywhere, if our work isn’t making us happy, then we should find relationships and work that give us what we need. And this to relate to anything. We need to pursue what makes us happy and not waste energy on the things that don’t. We should feel confident about giving up on things so that we can find something else to fight for and to dedicate ourselves too. It’s ok to give up sometimes and it’s admirable to keep going other times, as long as either way, we are not giving up on ourselves.