You’ll Never Fail If You Never Give Up

Many of you probably take time this month to reassess your progress toward the goals you set at the beginning of the year. I know many people I’ve talked with over the years have a tendency to be hard on themselves if they aren’t where they think they should be or where they expected they’d be by now when they do this mid-year evaluation.

Be Gentle But Not Too Lenient

I typically urge gentleness in these self-evaluations because I know that people always do the best they can given the circumstances of their lives. You’ve heard the expression, “Life gets in the way.” It happens all the times. So be kind to yourself. At the same time, don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that you be so lenient that you don’t make any significant progress toward your goal.

And, remember, sometimes you just have to take a break. That doesn’t mean you’re giving up. Everyone needs a little vacation, change of scenery, breather, call it what you will. If you’re like me, a brief respite from the pursuit of your goal brings you back recharged, rejuvenated and ready to go for it with all you’ve got!

If You Still Have Unexplored Avenues You’re Still On Track

If your goal is meaningful, you simply won’t give up. This reminds me of a quote I came across attributed to a young New Zealand born actor, Emmett Skilton. He said, “Exhaust your options…You haven’t failed if you haven’t tried everything.”

I love that quote because it embodies a never give up spirit. As long as you have a passion to achieve your goal and there are still avenues leading to it which you’ve not gone down, there is still the potential for success. Remember how many “failed” attempts Edison tried before he achieved success with the lightbulb. Keep this anecdote in mind, “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 with 1,000 steps.”

If It’s Worth Doing Keep Going

Depending on your desired goal, you might ask yourself if it is something you still want to do with all your heart. If the answer is no, explore the reasons why. If the answer is yes, then keep on keeping on, as the saying goes. If you keep that never give up spirit alive you will eventually achieve your desired outcome.

My mentor, Jack Canfield has a few inspiring quotes that I often turn to and share with others who appear to be on the brink of giving up on their dreams. I hope they’ll be useful in refueling your determination. He says, “Never give up. It’s taken me decades to achieve the success I have today. Trust me, hanging in there is worth it.” And, in those moments when you think you just don’t have another ounce of determination, remember this one from Jack, “The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor.”

Copyright © 2019 Sandy Olson