Have you read Napoleon Hill's book, where he tells the story of a man and his nephew, who find a piece of gold, so they stake a claim and dig for more? The story goes that they certainly found more gold and were able to pay their debts.
However, they gave up when they stopped finding more gold nuggets and sold their claim. The man they sold the claim to hired a mining engineer to do some investigating. He found that only three feet away from where the man and his nephew had stopped digging was a gold seam that ended up producing millions of dollars more!
Can you see the moral of this story? If you stop, you miss out. When you are unstoppable, anything can happen and does. Even when you think that you can't go on or do it anymore, just take one more step and see what happens. Then take another step and another.
If you are having a hard time and thinking about stopping whatever it is you are reaching for, then read the suggestions below and keep going.
Focus on Your ‘Why'
Over time, your motivation will wane, especially when you start to experience extreme difficulties. Why struggle on if you can just give up and stop your pain right now? However, you must remember why you even got started in the first place. Why are you here? What is your goal? Remember your biggest "why" and hold it close to your heart. That's what will make you move forward.
Look How Far You've Come
Often people feel overwhelmed and frustrated when they look at how far they still have to go. The finish line seems so far away. When things are hard for you, it helps to stop and look back and see how far you've come so far. It doesn't have to be a monumental achievement, but looking back reminds you of your little successes and learnings in your journey. If you want more of that, then you must continue to march forward.
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Take One Small Step After Another
You may be feeling stuck right now, not having an idea of what to do next. Most of the time, that's because you wait for the right timing, you wait for the condition to be perfect for taking action. Inaction is a killer. Instead, what you must do is to take one small step after another. Manage the small bumps along the road so that they wouldn't develop into something worse in the future. Make it a habit to move forward and get back on course.
More often than not, when you give too much time to thinking and planning, you can feel more stuck and uncertain. Overthinking makes you think of all the possible negative scenarios, which can lead you to worries and anxiety. You then start to doubt yourself, and it gets you nowhere!
So, stop overthinking about how you will solve a problem that's stopping you. Banish analysis paralysis, trust your gut feeling a little more, and take the necessary steps.
Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself
When things aren't working well for you and how you planned them, you may ask yourself what you did wrong. You make mistakes and you blame yourself for that. However, being too hard on yourself can do more harm than good. Instead, you must learn to forgive yourself. Accept that there are mishaps that can happen along the way. No one is perfect, not even you! Stop getting angry over small things, forgive yourself, and be at peace with yourself.
Whatever it is that you are working to achieve, keep going. Know that obstacles and hindrances are part of the journey. You will fail not only once but many times, but what matters is that you get up every time. If you are not failing, you are not trying. You'll never know when you are going to experience a breakthrough when you give up too easily.
When the going gets tough, be tough, and get going too! It's when you're about to give up and push through, that miracles happen. Persevere, take action, and forgive yourself so that you become unstoppable! Before you realize it, you will have achieved your goals and scored unplanned successes as well.