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012: Give Up Or Get Up

Today, I want to talk to you about one vitally important aspect of actually being able to reach, achieve, and attain your goals. With that said, I really want to boil our conversation down to this one simple thought, which is you have two options. You can either give up or you can get up because, guys, the reality is that as you begin to pursue your dreams, not chase after, but as you begin to methodically pursue it as you begin to map out your plan of attack for how you’re going to achieve each step up the mountain to actually reaching the top.

There is a harsh reality that there are going to be instances during that climb, during that journey where you get knocked down, whether it’s life, people, friends, family. I don’t know your situation, but what I do know is irregardless of whatever your situation is, there are going to be moments where you get the shit knocked out of you. There are going to be times where you feel like you can’t move. There are going to be times where you feel like you can’t get out of bed. In that moment, you’re going to have a choice to either give up or get up. There’s no in between state of being when it comes to achieving your dreams. Either you’re en route to achieving your dreams or you’re not.

In most cases, at least from my experience, what I’ve seen is that it’s true what they say. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The reality is is that most people have these huge dreams, but they don’t have the tenacity and, more importantly, my favorite word recently has been grit. They don’t have the grit and the wherewithal to actually continue pushing in, to continue pressing in, to continue pushing through these obstacles, these hurdles. Instead, what they do is they come to a speed bump in the road, and rather than acknowledging that, yes, this is a speed bump in the road that’s causing me to slow down, they turn that little thing into a brick wall that completely stops them in their tracks.

Keep in mind, when I’m saying a little thing, I’m not talking about it being necessarily an explicitly little thing. It could be something significant. For me personally, there have been times in my journey where I felt like giving up, where things didn’t go the way that I anticipated or the way that I hoped, and there have been mornings where I didn’t feel like getting out of bed. There have been moments where I didn’t feel like continuing this journey, where I didn’t feel like pressing in or pushing through those obstacles, whether it was a literal physical obstacle or whether it was just the mental or emotional obstacles that I was facing, most of the time with myself and most of the time internally.

I think those are the toughest battles that we face. It’s those mental, emotional, and internal battles that no one else sees, but here’s the thing. If you can find a way to persevere, if you can find that grit inside of you, which you and I both know that you have, to actually continue pushing in and moving forward in the pursuit of your dream, there’s going to come, as they say, a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s going to be a breakthrough. You may not see when that moment is coming, but here’s the thing. You can prepare for it. You can continue doing your due diligence. You can continue learning. You can continue growing. You can continue trying so that when that opportunity, when that moment comes, you are so prepared that you seize it without even a second thought, and that is the moment when your life changes forever.

That’s the moment that you cross the threshold of struggling and you dive into a whole other sphere of being where you actually start enjoying the journey. The struggle is actually starting to yield results, where the struggle and all of the hard work that you’ve been pouring in finally starts to pay off. Here’s the crappy part about it, guys. More often than not, you’re not going to know when that moment is coming, but one thing I will say is it seems to me that most people give up right before that moment comes. Most people give in right before they get that breakthrough. It’s a shame because they still go through all of the pain and anguish. They put in the hard yards right up until the one-yard line, and then they say, “This is too hard. I can’t do it anymore,” and they give up. Don’t be one of those people who gives up on your dream right before you actually reach your dream.

Today, guys, the message is really simple, and I hope that it encourages you and I hope that it inspires you, that wherever you are in your journey, recognize you’re going to get knocked down, recognize that if you have big dreams, then you’re going to have to face big obstacles more likely than not. That means that your mountain is taller and steeper than someone else who doesn’t have as big as dreams as what you do. You have one of two options. You can either give or you can get up. When you recognize that you’re going to fall, you’re going to fail, you’re going to make mistakes, there are going to be times when you’re climbing the mountain of your dream and you slide back down to a spot that you thought you’d already passed, that you thought you’d already climbed. Those moments are going to happen.

As I begin to interview more and more entrepreneurs and successful business owners, the more I realize that every successful entrepreneur, business owner, or just every successful person, in general, typically goes through this same process, and the only difference between the Steve Jobs of the world and the nobody you’ve ever heard of of the world is the fact that people like Steve Jobs relentlessly, relentlessly, relentlessly pursue their dreams, and they continued to get back up instead of just giving up. I dare you to pick three of the most well known entrepreneurs that you follow or that you like or that you aspire to become and read their biographies, read their stories, and I guarantee you it’s going to be riddled with trial and tribulations and having to overcome failures and mistakes and hardships all along the way. That is the only thing that separates those who achieve versus those who don’t is those that achieve, those that become successful, refuse to give up.

As I leave you today, I hope that you will refuse to give up, that you’ll continue pressing in and pushing through whatever trials, whatever hardships, whatever obstacles that you’re being faced with, that every morning you wake up and you look at yourself in the mirror and you ask yourself who do you want to be. Do you want to be the person that gives up or do you want to be the overcomer, the achiever that gets back up every time you’re knocked back down until the point that you build up so much strength you can’t be knocked back down again.

Guys, I hope this encourages you today. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the future, both for myself and for you. I appreciate you tuning in to today’s episode, and I look forward to catching you in the next episode.

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