Did you know that JK Rowling was rejected by twelve publishing companies before someone agreed to publish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Or that before I Love Lucy made her a household name, Lucille Ball’s drama instructors told her mother that she was wasting their time? What about Vincent Van Gogh, who painted over 800 paintings and sold just one during his lifetime?
Each of these three people refused to give up on their dreams even as they encountered obstacles, and as a result, all of them accomplished incredible things. Whether your goals are physical, emotional, or financial, here are some tips to never give up on them!
Focus on your why.
It’s easy to give up when you lose sight of why you set your goals in the first place, but by writing down your why and keeping it where you can see it on a regular basis, you can maintain your motivation even when you encounter obstacles.
We live in a world of instant gratification. We want to succeed and reach our goals immediately, and when we don’t, we feel like we’ve completely failed. Most of the time, though, reaching your goals takes a lot of time, dedication, and hard work. To make sure you stay on track and avoid giving up on yourself, be patient with the process and celebrate the progress that you’re making!
Set a new course of action if necessary.
If you feel discouraged by the progress you’re making, you may benefit from taking a few minutes to look at the way you’re approaching your goals. Are you practicing the habits that will get you where you want to go? Are you putting in the time necessary? Are you still dedicated to reaching your goals? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, focus on your why to maintain your motivation and keep working. If you answered no to any of them, ask yourself why that is, and work to address it so you can get back on track!
Stop comparing yourself to others.
While it’s great to have people that you look up to as you work toward your goals, make sure that your focus is motivation, not comparison. Everyone has unique strengths and weaknesses, so your journey isn’t going to be identical to anyone else’s. To stay motivated to reach your goals, focus on your own journey and don’t compare yourself to others!
While it’s normal to be frustrated while you work toward your goals, don’t forget to show gratitude for the opportunity to transform your life! You’re in a position to change your current situation and grow as a person, and not everyone is able to do that. Stay humble and grateful for the opportunities you have, and you’ll find it easier to stick with your goals!
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