I always thought of bravery as facing your fears and doing it anyway. I never used to think of courage as simply not quitting, as slogging through when it was hard even if that difficulty had nothing to do with fear.
I see now that true bravery really is knowing, sometimes even before you start, that the odds are against you, but yet you start anyway and you keep going until you see it, whatever it is, all the way through to the end.
Often, many of us look at how far we still have to go, which can sometimes be discouraging, especially if the end result of your goal is still a long ways off. One of the best things you can do to motivate yourself is to acknowledge:
- how far you’ve already come.
- the times you finished what you started because it mattered to you.
- the instances in your life when you showed strength, resolve, and perseverance.
- the moments you refused to give up on yourself regardless of the challenges that got thrown at you.
You are braver than you know and braver than you give yourself credit for.
So do yourself a kindness and:
- Write down 3 times when you started even though your chances of success might’ve seemed slim and/or you had no idea what the outcome would be, kept on going even though you felt like you were beaten, and didn’t stop until you finished.
- Now take a pause and be proud of yourself for your successes (Because challenges are inevitable but defeat is optional. You didn’t quit and that’s the biggest success there is).
- Go do something nice for yourself and give yourself a reward (a prize you really, really want) for a job well done.
- Then tack that list up where you can see it. Let it strengthen and motivate you to keep reaching for what matters to you.
So when were you brave and refused to give up on yourself?
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