5 Things To Consider When You Feel Like Giving Up
Starting something isn’t the hard part, it’s following through that’s difficult. 😉
I’m sure you’ve done it before: you start out with all the energy and effort needed, then months later you’re burned out and want to call it quits. This post is going to help you get through those days when you just want to call it quits.
It’s honest time: doing most things in life that have meaning are damn hard! If someone tells you that starting a business, eating healthy, finding your true calling, growing your audience or staying motivated is easy, they must be living in an alternate reality.
Like I said, most things that add value to your life will not come easy. The easiest thing in life is just giving up. No one wants to throw in the towel and give up on what they’ve worked so hard for.
5 things to consider when you feel like giving up:
#1 — Is It Worth to Start Over?
Let’s say, for example, you started a blog that you were seeking to monetize and grow an audience with.
You’ve been building your content, landing pages and social profiles for the last 6 months, and you’ve only grown your email list to a few hundred people. A few hundred people isn’t going to pay the bills or make you feel like you’re getting somewhere.
Is it time to give up? HELL NO!
If you were to close shop, all your past hard work would be for nothing. It’s similar to exercising for only the first six months; if you just stopped then your body would go back to what it was when you first started.
Yes, there are some people that hit it big with their blog within the first six months, but there are also people who have made it even bigger by not giving up. The best kind of traction in anything is movement; even when you’re only moving an inch (when you need to be moving miles), an inch is still progress.
If you gave up then you would have to start something new all over again. Who is to say that you won’t give up on that new thing? People that become success have one thing in common: they never give up. Successful people will grind, suffer, and still find a way to keep pushing forward.
Don’t listen to the blind leading the blind; you can do it and will do it if you just break the cycle of giving up.
#2 — You Started for a Reason, Right?
I know all too well what it feels like to have everything stacking up around you; bills, people depending on you, and time counting down.
The thing you must come to understand is all that stuff isn’t the reason you started. Why did you start doing your thing? Did you do it to get out of your current situation, to help people, or maybe you want to change the world?
No one else except you can decide what your worth is.
Think back to why you started and let that thought guide, motivate, and drive you to your goal. If you feel like giving up, just come back to that moment of why you started in the first place. Everyone gets down at times and no one is perfect, but you can control your thoughts. Remember: how you think is what makes your reality.
The very truth to you wanting to start something has already gotten you this far, so remember that you started for a reason. If you have to remind yourself why you started, I highly recommend creating a dream board.
Place your dream board in a place where you will see it every time you wake up and go to sleep. Burn into your brain the positive thoughts! Disregard any thoughts of bills, giving up, or starting something new.
#3 — You’re not Alone!
If you’re starting something and feel like giving up, there are many others before you that have been in your exact situation. I’m one of those people. If you’re trying to take on the world by yourself, you’re going about it all wrong.
There are many ways to keep you on track and not give in. Books, networking, social media groups, friends, family, and a million other resources you can be a part of to help fuel your passion.
It’s much scarier to have to close the doors on your business or life than to reach out to someone who has been there and done it before. I get asked by people all day things that could help them add fuel to their fire and shorten their learning curve by months, if not years.
Ask for help. Buy books, learn, and get yourself out there.
If you need help, then this is my putting myself out there telling you that I am here. When I started doing my own business, one of the hardest parts was going about things by myself. Many people around me said I shouldn’t do it, I should stop wasting my time, and that my mindset was all wrong thinking I will get anywhere.
Sorry for the language, but fuck the haters!
A dream is just a thought before you make it into a reality. Almost anything sounds crazy to the people who live to be slaves to the system working for the rest of their lives. What scares the hell out of me is working for someone else for 50 years all to retire and live off of Social Security, which the majority of society does.
Yet I’m the crazy one because I don’t want to learn what schools are teaching you: to work for others. I want to think for myself and build an empire where I can change the world.
I can honestly say that if I would have kept going to school and college, I wouldn’t make the money I make now and I wouldn’t have the freedom I have now. Above all, I would have given up on my dream, my goals, and my life.
Surround yourself with those who drive you to become greater. What you don’t want to do is learn from someone whose mind is closed by living the status quo and is confined by conformity.
One of the biggest killers of dreams and goals is limiting yourself by surrounding yourself by people who just pull you back down to their level of success. Anything is possible if you believe it is.
The most successful people throughout history were looked at to be crazy. Who’s the crazy one now? Well, the really successful people might be crazy (we all need a little crazy in us), but at least the successful people are free from social conformity.Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a Lamborghini and that's pretty much the same thing. Click To Tweet
#4 — Kill your Fear of Failure!
The fear of failure can stop you in your tracks before you ever get started. Before I started doing my own business, I was just scared beyond belief of failing.
Here’s the truth: I’ve failed in my business more times than I can count. And guess what? I am still here, alive, and way better off than when I was sitting there scared beyond belief.
Kill your fear, otherwise it will kill you, your dreams, and your life. You will always feel like you’ve lived only half a life.
The real fear in life, as I see it, is not taking the chances you have, and I am not the only one who thinks that. The number one regret of the dying is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Take chances, risk everything, and don’t be scared.No one has changed the world by not being bat-shit scared to try something new. Click To Tweet
The biggest lesson in building a business is you’re going to fail. The only thing where you come out on top after failing is: are you going to get back up and learn from your failures?
I could go on for days about people who failed on a whole new level, but they got back up and became leaders, billionaires, and most importantly they’re in control of their life and destinies. I’m talking about people like Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Nick Woodman, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and countless others who have failed and never gave up to become highly successful.
#5 — Where’s your Mindset?
I talk a lot about mindset and that’s because it’s extremely important.
You could hand a million dollars to someone with the wrong outlook and mindset on life and chances are, they will be broke in under five years.
On the other hand, you can give nothing to someone with the right mindset and outlook and in five years they will have all the wealth in the world.
Your mindset is priceless.
Stop and think about where your mindset is when you’re considering giving up. What’s the real reason you want to call it quits? Most problems people have are small and when you combine them all up, they don’t even come close to the end result of what can be when you hit your goals.
There are times when stuff gets rough, reserves get low, and it seems like everything is going to come crashing down. Life is like that no matter what you do.
Wouldn’t you rather do something you love than build someone else dreams?
Regardless where you are in your life, you have a choice. You have a choice to move forward with your dreams and goals. Yes, it might be scary at times, painful, and feel like it will never end, but you must get past it and stop limiting yourself. You can do it and you will do it when you have the right mindset.
What really matters when it comes to achieving something big is measuring your progress by inches, not miles; every day you have a chance to get closer to where you want to be. If you look at the progress over time it will only motivate you more to keep moving forward.
With just a simple shift in your state of mind, you can move past the feeling of giving up and achieve what you most desire.
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Thanks so much for reading. Please share with me what you’re having a hard time with in your life or business. Have you hit a brick wall? Do you feel like putting it on the back burner? Share with me your thoughts below in the comments section.
Scott “anything is possible” Hurtado