You might have seen the below picture below by Anna Vital on “Why People Give Up”:

Any single one of those reasons are things that can set us back.  They have set me back often.  I actually can take every idea listed above and think of a particular time that it caused me to give up, either personally or professionally temporarily.

So let’s take the ideas above and shift them to a different way of thinking.

The above image is about a “refocus,” but it doesn’t mean tough times will not happen again, or you won’t fall back into a negative mentality. Falling back is a reality.  It is about not getting stuck.

I love this little shift in thinking from Marc and Angel:

“Being positive does not mean ignoring the negative. Being positive means overcoming the negative. There is a big difference between the two.”

There can always be a reason not to move forward.  But, there can still be a reason to keep going.

I try to focus on this simple mantra when I struggle:

Go through it or grow through it.  


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