Life Motivation: Never give up on what’s important for you

Life Motivation: Never give up on what’s important for you

Giving up on what I’ve started was always an integral part of my life. I was used to being a big quitter. May you call it a flash in the pan or lack of motivation, it was truly hard for me to overcome. Mostly because I didn’t believe in myself enough.

The harder the struggle, the greater the story.

Joel Runyon

I recall myself a game from my childhood, Super Mario Bros, where the main character was supposed to save the princess waiting for him at the final stage of the game. On the go, Super Mario was encountering plenty of challenges to overcome. Be it a fire rain, malicious little monsters or a terrifying dragon, he had a chance as well to collect magic items. One of the most valuable items was a mushroom making Super Mario bigger and stronger. Thanks to the mushroom, even if bitten by a little monster or touched by the dragon’s flame, Super Mario was not ending his venture. He was getting smaller and weaker for a while, but he was able to continue the run. After all, there were new mushrooms waiting for him farther to help him stay strong on the way. And obviously, there was a princess awaiting him at the end of the game.

If Super Mario was to give up each time when confronting a monster, the game wouldn’t have any sense. However, even if failed at the beginning, there is no limit on starting over the attempt. The same happens in real life: as soon as we’re alive, there’s no limit on starting over our own game.

I’ve read recently that most things aren’t impossible, most people just give up too soon. This statement made me realize that nothing what I wanted to achieve in my life was impossible. It was the matter of time, work, sacrifice, belief, consistency, courage that I didn’t put in enough. It was the matter of listening to people who achieved nothing in their life, but knew better what was good for me and what was not. It was the matter of avoiding bumpy paths for the sake of feeling secure.

Setbacks, failures and conflicts are not meant to stop us. They’re meant to make us stronger while fighting them over.

Today I know that I will accomplish nothing in my life if I give up before the finish line. It’s like the racing in Formula One. If I have to start from the last position, then I start from there. If I need to change a wheel in the pit stop, I’ll make it changed. If I lose control over my car on the way, then I put it back in the right direction. Maybe this time, I don’t win the first prize. Maybe this time, I’m the last one. But if I crossed the finish line, I’m the winner. I’ll take all the lessons I’ve learned today on the racetrack and next time I’ll do better. One day, I’ll be on the podium. That will be my big day.

This year I’ve decided to keep working on something which is Achilles heel of mine. Don’t get it wrong. It’s not a part of New Year Resolutions. It’s something that was maturing in me for a long time. The number one for me this year is to be consistent with writing. Countless times, I’ve been giving up on writing for numerous reasons:

  • I didn’t feel creating a high-quality content
  • I didn’t obtain any spectacular results
  • I didn’t find time to keep writing
  • I didn’t have patience
  • I felt like other people do it better and always will

What changed this time? For over a year I’ve been following and reading one of my favorite bloggers Goldie. On the top of the fact that I enjoy every post and find the blog a source of enormous inspiration, I appreciate Goldie for a great perseverance with sharing high-quality content on a regular basis. At the turn of this year, Goldie has successfully got published which was another reason to admire the dedication of this author.

Since the beginning, Goldie was supporting me with frequent and insightful comments on my posts as well as we’ve managed to get in touch out of the blog platform to exchange some remarks. I truly felt that there was someone who cared and believed in me. This is when I understood that it’s not the number of followers or readers who define you. Sometimes, you need just this one person who believes in you, who supports you, who asks if everything is all right once you’re absent for a longer time, who constantly inspires you. That’s why Goldie became my blogging mentor and, I will dare to say it, my blogging friend as well. Big thank you for all your support!

Following Goldie’s best practices, this year I’ve decided to make a schedule of my posts. I’ll be posting twice a week: every Sunday and every Wednesday evening. Every Sunday of the month you’ll be able to read a post from one of the following categories: Life Mistakes, Life Lessons, Lifestory and Lifestyle. Every Wednesday you’ll be able to find a new post on one of the following topics: Life Crisis, Life Motivation, Life Challenge and Life Change.

The reason why I’ve taken this step is because I need to stabilize this part of my life which is hugely important to me, I want to hold myself accountable for regular writing in front of you all as well as I wish to give you more value to thank you for your time, support and trust. Your presence here matters a lot for me and it’s thanks to you that this place still exists. You’re all my biggest motivation to come back. To start over. To try again. I learn a lot from you. You help me change. You keep me going.

I’m completely aware that I may experience ups and downs, doubts and hesitations, setbacks and failures in my writing endeavor. But it won’t stop me anymore before coming back to the point where I fell down. Because if I give up on it, I’ll lose one of the most important parts of myself. Let’s give it a try then!

Do you easily give up? How do you overcome discouragement? What’s the most important venture for you?


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Mimi



12 thoughts on “Life Motivation: Never give up on what’s important for you”

  • I was so pleased to read that you decided to make a conscious effort to keep on writing. I’ve mentioned it to you before – you have great building blocks. I am sure your tower will reach the sky in no time.

    To read that I’ve somewhat inspired you to pursue your goal is very humbling. One can only wish to be an example to others, but when that’s actually recognized… it can get emotional. Thank you, Mimi. It was really touching you read your supportive words about me, my blog, and my accomplishments. It is things like that that fuel me to keep going and reassure me that things weren’t for nothing. And to be called a mentor and a friend is such a compliment. Thank you for engaging in conversation with me that often felt silly to me at first. Not the conversation, but my replies. You allowed me to brainstorm things, which is one of the main reasons why I created this blog. Real connections are really things that matter here. Yes, you can be obsessed with stats, but ultimately, they will not keep you warm at night. It will be those people who comfort you, cheer you on, and celebrate with you.

    “The reason why I’ve taken this step is because I need to stabilize this part of my life which is hugely important to me, I want to hold myself accountable for regular writing in front of you all as well as I wish to give you more value to thank you for your time, support and trust.” Ditto. It’s something I could have said last year, and still choose to say this year.

    I have recently started something that I’m not sure if it will work (outside life).People tell me to quit so I don’t get heartbroken. To their dismay, I realized that I HAVE TO give it a go. If I quit now, I will forever ask myself “what if?” It’s something that’s been on my mind for forever. I cannot just let an opportunity like that go. The same can be applied to your writing/ blogging. Are you going to be alright waking up one day and not thinking where this could have lead? For me, the answer is clear. I hope it is for you, too.

    Best of luck.

    • Thank you, Goldie, for all! I’m feeling now like in order to raise my tower there’s a lot to build, but this is something that empowers me. You’re a genuine example for me and I’m happy that somehow I can be a part of your blogging travel. These real connections also fuel me and give me a reason to be in the blogging world. I’m truly grateful for that.

      I keep my fingers crossed for your new venture and I believe you’ll make a great thing out of it. As far as I’m concerned, indeed waking up and realizing that I lost my creative opportunity would be heart-killing. I need to create in order to breathe and feel that I’m alive. Hopefully, things will work out for me as well!

      Would you have any tips when it comes to a writing schedule?

      • First and foremost – make it about you. If you barely have enough time to write once a week, don’t schedule to write daily. I’d recommend pushing your limits, but only slightly. Once achieved, try to maintain, and then push some more. Little by little, you will figure out your rhythm.

        I think what you did – with figuring out writing categories is a good start. For me, twice a week is optimal. The last week of the month when I do daily posts gets crazy, and I’m actually going to do it differently this time around. Even though I do not like to pre-write my posts days/weeks in advance, some people, say it’s the best thing to do. They pick one day out of a month and write all day. That creates all the posts for the month. For that, you need a list of topics. I am way too spontanous for that. Plus, my NROP need to be current. So if I write the night before, that’s it.

        • Thank you for your advice! I appreciate it! Indeed, twice a week sounds quite optimal for the beginning. Maintaining the schedule in such a format will be already a great success for me.

          Do you write the whole post on the same day or it happens that you write it partially for a few days?

            • Do you think it makes any difference if you do it in one sitting or you split it into a few days taking into consideration the quality of the post or the scheduled routine?

              • Overall, when it comes down to 1-sitting vs. splitting, I think it depends on the person writing it and the type of content.

                When I’m writing late at night and hit a wall, I leave it for the next morning. Does it help? Well, definitely, because otherwise the post would be incomplete. However, if I was to start it earlier in the day when I wasn’t so tired, I think that there would be no benefit for me. On the contrary. It could interrupt my train of thought and leave it dangling.

                I think my particular content is best served fresh, which means it needs to be written in 1 sitting (NROP). Lately, as I started writing more short stories around 1k words, I started splitting them into two parts. I write as much as I can during my break at work and then I finish at home. Sometimes it helps me gain a fresh perspective, but most of the time I see no difference. It’s just what works for me. I.e. I could not write 1k words during my short work break.

                I’ve been rambling. I’m not sure if I even answered your question. If not, please re-clarify.

                Key points:
                – base your writing sessions around the time you have to write (I find that most important)
                – if your schedule allows it, consider writing your posts in parts to gain a fresh perspective IF it does not detract from your train of thought

                • Thank you once again for such an insightful answer! That’s the clue of the matter: I often hit a wall when I try to finish a post at one go. Whether it’s because of limited time to write or tiredness, I prefer to split writing into a few days in order to not comprise the quality of the post. However, my goal is to get the writing intervals shorter and shorter so that I would be able to write a post in one sitting and eventually to create more content.

                  I know that everything comes with the practice, but how much time in average does it take you to write a post?

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