Keeping The Flame Alight

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.”

At some point on the various journeys we embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up. Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have been putting so much effort in to achieve.

We all face obstacles in pursuing our goals, whether they are professional or personal. We think we are on the right track but realize we have chosen the wrong approach. We are enthusiastic and hard-working, but our support system disintegrates when we need them the most.

Before you throw in the towel and go back to something safe and far less taxing, ask yourself some questions:

Why did you want to pursue this goal to begin with—and has anything changed?

You had a good reason for committing to this plan. Maybe you visualised a financially free future once you started this new business, or you realised you would live longer and healthier if you lost 20 kilos.

What is the worst that will happen if you keep going and don’t reach your goal?

Often when I want to turn around it is because I am afraid of failing -afraid other people will be disappointed in me or judge me, or afraid I will have wasted my time. In all reality, no one ever judges us like we judge ourselves. and we always grow and learn through the process of striving, regardless of what we attain.

We all have a lingering self doubt but underneath there is a strong desire that keeps us working toward the dream that fills us with passion. We can take a different approach if we need to. Enlist new assistance. Scale back our time commitment to something we can more easily maintain.

But whatever you do, do not give yourself a reason to one day utter the words, “I quit because I was scared.”

Never give up. It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.”
Richelle E. Goodrich,


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