We all feel like giving up at times and occasionally we do. We may feel so weighed down by hopelessness that we take our eye off the ball and our foot off the gas. We slow down our efforts and sometimes we stop completely.
Obviously, it would be better if we could just keep going and persevere with our efforts, no matter what the odds or what life throws at us. But we are only human and sometimes life gets us down. However if we do slow down or stop, it’s not fatal as long as it’s a temporary condition.
Why Does It Happen?
So why do we feel hopeless and want to give in occasionally? Sometimes we’re just exhausted; we’ve been burning the candle at both ends and we need to rest. Sometimes we’ve been working in a frenzied manner but have been misdirecting our efforts and the feel of pedalling to go nowhere frustrates us. Or it could be that we’ve allowed negative thinking to creep in, which always spells doom to our efforts to be successful.
How Take Charge
Identify why you’re feeling hopeless and than take steps to remedy it. If you’re exhausted then have a weekend off, go on holiday, or pamper yourself with a day at a spa.
If you’ve been pedalling in the wrong direction then stop and look at a map (your map of your goals and dreams), take some time to assess your situation and work out where you should be headed.
Change Your Perspective
Finally if you’ve fallen into negative thinking habits then you need to change your perspective. Listen to some books and CD’s on positive thinking. Do this at home and listen to audio books while driving, walking or cooking. I recommend Jeffrey Gitomer’s ‘Yes! Attitude’ and Dr David Burns’ ‘Feeling Good’.
Once you’ve rested, reassessed and kicked your negative thinking habit, then it’s time to get back on track. Crack on with your journey to success. Pursue your goals with enthusiasm and without being weighed down by hopelessness. It will make all the difference between reaching your pinnacle or not.