Pause before giving up…The “why”?

When You’re Down and Feeling Like You Want to Give Up, Do Something About It!

Nobody ever said life is a picnic. Sure, there are great times. Sure, there are fun times. But just as surely, there are also bad times. These are the days when you can’t help but ask .. why can’t I get this project running? When you’ve put in a lot of time and personal resources, almost literally blood, sweat and tears into an important venture and can’t seem to make it move, it’s easy to feel crushed and frustrated. This feeling can hit you so hard, you’d want to raise your hands in surrender, shouting I GIVE UP!

Sometimes, this urge to throw in the towel can crop up with the most common activity of our everyday life …in your plan to eating healthier fruits and vegetables and getting rid of the junk food in the kitchen pantry … your entertaining thoughts of stopping going to the gym for your workouts, because you’re still as big as a house.  In fact, some people even opt to live like a recluse because dating and socializing don’t seem to be working for them, not being able to meet the right person.

If you find yourself in such situations while trying to make positive changes in your life, DON’T GIVE UP! What can you do? Two things ….

One, pause a while. Take a few minutes to remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.  Perhaps, this project you’re deeply involved in holds a promise of supporting your family and allowing them to live a comfortable life. Your workouts and recently adopted healthy eating? Hey, you’d want to live long enough to see your kids grow up, playing the cello masterfully in their high school music class or be extremely proud to see your teen-age boy dunking that ball beautifully in an inter-school basketball competition. Or …maybe, you’d like to simply travel and experience the beauty of Tuscany in Italy and discover the excitement of game cock-fighting in Guadalajara, Mexico. Whatever it is, reminding yourself of these great reasons, when you’re getting that I-want-to-give-up feeling will help you to hang on and keep right on going.

Two, think positively. Remember, tomorrow’s another day. When things seem to be heavy and difficult and you’re on the verge of giving up, think that tomorrow could be different from today. It could bring a big change, a new insight, a happening that could make what you’re doing a lot easier, a lot lighter. This happens all the time. You recall what the old folks say when you’ve got a problem? “Sleep over it. It’ll be better in the morning.” And it usually does!

Michael Jordan anecdote

Michael Jordan is one of the best, if not the best basketball player that ever lived. In his teen years, trying out for his school’s basketball team, the coach turned him down. The coach said Michael wasn’t good

 

Sources:
My’s reference
https://hbr.org/2015/03/positive-teams-are-more-productive

 

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