We love motivational videos with a passion. They are a guilty pleasure. That is why we were ecstatic when we saw that Shia Labeouf had put out a motivational video.
It is to the point and we love it. One of the lines is a classic.
"If you are tired of starting over, stop giving up."
So, we're here to explore all the reasons that we might give up, and stop it from happening.
We Expect Results Too Fast
When we first start on a new venture we want everything to work out perfectly. In our mind's eye we see the stars aligning and all of our dreams coming true overnight, but it never works that way.
The thing is, anything that comes fast, will go just as quickly. Even then, it isn't what we are getting that is important, it is who we are becoming. And becoming something takes time.
If you aren't where you want to be yet, it's because you don't deserve to be there yet. You haven't put in the time, the effort, the persistence, or the blood, sweat and tears required. When you deserve the thing you are after, you'll get it.
So don't give up.
We Fear The Future
We are terrible predictors of the future.
Think of all the doomsday scenarios that have played out in your head throughout the past. How many of them ended in your life being ruined forever? Probably a lot of them. But right now look around, has your life actually been ruined forever, even once? Probably not.
If you are reading this right now that means that you have internet and probably food and shelter, so it's safe to say that your doomsday scenarios never came true.
We Dwell On Mistakes
A mistake won't become a regret unless we fail to learn from it.
That is what mistakes are for. We need to make mistakes so that we can learn and become better. Another word for a collection of mistakes is experience.
We Overwork Ourselves
The religion of hustle and bustle tells us that we have to work 24/7/365 if we want anything in life, but if we don't have balance we will eventually give up.
Always remember that there is no finish line. If we want to get in shape and we do all these crazy diets—never eating anything we enjoy and put ourselves through hell—what will happen once we reach our goal?
We will go off the crazy diets, lose all our progress and start again. There is no finish line, once we reach a goal it isn't "happy ever after," we have to maintain it. If we reach our goals through means that are not sustainable then we won't be able to keep what we get.
We Fear Change
If I told you that in fifteen years, you, and your life, would be exactly the same as it is right now how would you feel? Probably pretty crappy. That sounds a little like a nightmare right?
So if that is the case then why are we so afraid of change!?
The fear of change is an immediate fear that we have to confront to conquer, but the fear of staying the same is gradual. The only difference is, when we realize that we are afraid of changing, we can do something about it. But by the time we realize that we've stayed the same, we can't go back.
We Never Visualize What Is Possible
We don't believe in ourselves, and the reason we don't believe in ourselves is that we never visualize ourselves conquering our goals.
People say daydreaming is useless but all of the world's greatest people daydreamed about greatness before they ever made it there. They imagined exactly how it would feel. They saw themselves accomplishing great feats and changing the world.
If we never visualize and put ourselves in that category, that caliber, then we will never believe in ourselves enough to make it. We will doubt ourselves and eventually give up.
Visualize yourself in your greatest state. Visualize the possibilities and don't worry about the process. Most of the time you figure out the process as you go, but you have to believe that you can reach your goals if you are ever going to start.
So those are the most common reasons why people quit, and why we should never listen to them. Don't let these fears and anxieties take over your life. If you quit before giving it your best shot, you'll always regret it.