Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Giving up.

This blog post is something I come up against all the time.  ALL THE TIME. I have set my goals and I work and work and work. The day comes to realise my dreams, or my vision or the goals I have set and .....

" I've been so good with my eating but I've put on weight!"
" I've trained so hard for this run and my time is worse than before"
" I stuffed it"
" I came nowhere"
" I failed."

You know, reality is, you won't meet all your goals, or do what you want to achieve right when you want to. Sometimes other forces get in the way, or it was just not your time to shine. You didn't lose weight this week, or you didn't meet your own expectations in your race or your workout.  It happens. And I'm here to tell you

 That's right. It doesn't matter.  And it's not about how you play the game.  It's about how you use your focus.

Do you sit and see what you failed to do?  Or what you achieved up to that point?  Do you allow your focus on the negative, on the failure to take away your drive and dreams?  Or do you use that focus to reset your drive and will?

 This is Michael Jordan, basketball legend. Cut from his high school basketball team.  Now he COULD have given up basketball.  Being cut from the team is a big thing, a soul destroying thing. He is quoted as saying:
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

 Vincent Van Gogh....arguably the world's greatest ever painter. Sold a total of 1 painting in his lifetime.  1 PAINTING and that was to a friend!  How easy would it have been to give up art altogether?  Instead he painted over 800 pieces and his paintings are worth millions.

 Einstein, The Man of Modern Physics and Nobel prize winner. He was regarded as intellectually handicapped by his teachers and his parents!  He could have lived a half life, never trying, never being expected to think or achieve.

 The Beatles, one of the most famous bands in history. Rejection after rejection from record companies, one even saying the Beatles will have no career in show business. Um yep, that wasn't a show biz career it was a life changing career that influenced music in so many ways today.

All these and so many others failed.  Repeatedly failed.  But the difference is they NEVER GAVE UP.

NEVER GIVE UP your dreams!  They may not have come yet but without a dream you have no destination.

NEVER GIVE UP trying!  When you cease to try, you cease to do...and that is true failure.

NEVER GIVE UP  believing in yourself!  What you believe, you are....whether you believe you can or believe you can't you will always by right.

NEVER GIVE UP your goals!  They may take a little longer to cross off but it will happen. If you give up, they will never, ever be realised.

NEVER GIVE UP! You don't realise how close you may be to success when you just stop, thinking you are  defeated.

NEVER GIVE UP on something you really want...because you won't regret trying for it, you WILL regret not trying.

NEVER GIVE UP!  It's never too late to be what you might have been.

NEVER GIVE UP no matter how hard, the hard things in life that are worth it.

NEVER GIVE UP,  for that is how champions, legends and heroes are made. 

So it is up to you how you focus.  Do you see the lack?  Or see the potential?  Do you see what it isn't or do you see what it can be?

When you look back on your life, what will you say?  "I tried"  or " I gave up"

Keep working.  Keep trying.  Keep moving and don't stop.  The only true failure is when you stop.


  1. Absolutely beautiful post and I was hanging on your every word. Thanks for this xx

    1. Thank you Coco Girl. I'm just re reading this after a bad day and saw your comment :)