This is how I carry on when every bit of me wants to give up
When every muscle in my body is tired and every movement is painful, when every thought is defeating and my mind is screaming for me to stop there is only one thing for me to do: answer a simple question.
But before I get to that question I would like to talk about something else. I was just describing an experience in my life when I was on the verge of defeat, overwhelmed by my thoughts about giving up. It was getting quite an interesting story I must say. But I decided to select the story and press the ‘delete’ button.
Why? I figured I could spend the rest of the day, the rest of the week, the rest of this year describing such experiences, just like every other person in the world can. Because everyone has experienced difficult moments in their lives, moments when they want to give up. Thousands and thousands of books could be written about those moments. But are these moments really worth spending that much attention to? Instead I like paying attention to the moment after these difficult moments. The victorious moment that is a result of answering the following question:
“When I am old and looking back on my life, will I regret or be proud for my decision to carry on right now?”
By looking throught the eyes of an ‘old and wise you’ you shift your focus from this moment, with all its difficulties, feelings and thoughts, to the big picture of your life. This put’s this moment in proper perspective. From this perspective you make a decision:
A. I would be proud for carrying on, therefore I carry on
B. I would regret carrying on, therefore I quit
Whether you decide to carry on or decide to quite doesn’t make any difference, since you’ve made your decision from a state of clarity and overview.
“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”
― Elbert Hubbard
So make your decision and from there on do what you have to do.