Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Its not easy to achieve whatever you want in life. Giving up is easy especially when you face resistance or obstacles. Allowing life to overwhelm you is simple. It’s far less complicated to let things go and simply succumb to negative patterns, than to dig in your heels and work through the pain. In fact, we do more to avoid pain than we do to gain pleasure. Since all change is painful, unless we’ve associated enough pain to our present behavior, overcoming our situations and turning our lives around is highly difficult. But, when you know how not to give up on things because short-term pain will mean long-term gain, the path become clearer. There are multiple strategies that you could implement for not giving up. But, the fact of the matter remains that if you want to stay persistent, you need to have a very powerful reason to succeed. Without that step-1 reason, it’s impossible to succeed. Persistence is the key to success. Einstein once said that “Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work.” No statement could be truer. Consider that you’re going to have to work hard if you want to turn your life around, especially if you’ve been stuck in your ways for quite some time now. The art of persistence boils down to relentlessly pursuing your goals, no matter what. It doesn’t mean you give up. It means that you fight the good fight. Take this situation for what it is and commit to turning your life around no matter what. Use pain and failure to fuel you rather than to limit you. Remember, consistency is the evidence of belief. Keep smiling at the person in the mirror.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
~ Carl Gustav Jung