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How to Never Give Up

Have you ever known someone who made up their mind to finally get going on a big project, goal, or dream, but shortly after starting, they quit?

You know the scenario, the one where that friend of yours gets started on a pursuit with massive zeal.  But then you learn that just a few months into their endeavor, they lose all their steam, and give up their dream.

The scenario where everything seemed to be going well for them, like their success was just around the corner, but then, they gave up too soon.

For instance…

The Side-Hustler

We’ve all had a friend who finally decided to do something ambitious, like start a side-hustle.  They’ve been talking about these books they’ve been reading, like ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’, or the “Side-Hustle’, and how in just 4 weeks they’d be up and running with a successful business, positioned to quit their day-job, and primed to ride off into the sunset of success.

But those four weeks quickly pass, and their endeavors have yet to become a soaring success.   But your friend is determined, so they stick it out for four, five, and maybe even six more months.  But they finally realize the struggle is too much, and say to themselves, “I am not seeing any progress, and this is just to freaking hard for zero to little progress?” 

Then they begin to tell you all about how maybe their side-hustle thing isn’t really what they wanted to do.  So they give up, they quit, and their dream dies.

The Fitness Fizzle

Or perhaps you had a friend who finally said to themselves, “That it’s, I am going to turn this flabby body of mine into something lean!  And by the end of next year, I am going to be a lean mean physically fit machine!”

Then they get to chasing their fitness goal, and they stay the course for four, maybe five months.  But then, out of the blue, they tell you about how their discipline started to drift, how they are losing focus, their fire, and slowly, their desire to obtain that dream body they’ve always wanted.

The Writer

Don’t even get me started on the aspiring author.  Everybody and their mom wants to write a book someday.  And the crazy thing is, most people get started on writing their book.  They open up Microsoft Word, and start typing away for a few days.  They even create a few good chapters, but then, after a few weeks of being in the weeds of authorship, the ideas start to slow, and the pangs of creativity start to kick in.  Each page starts to feel like pulling teeth just to put together.  And then just like that, the dream of becoming a writer takes a vacation, with a one-way ticket back to “someday isle.”

The Common Tragedy

I know… it’s tragic.  But this is not an uncommon scenario.  It happens all the time.   It is truly a modern-day tragedy that is all too common. And it doesn’t just happen for authors, artists, and entrepreneurs.  It happens to people seeking higher fitness levels, it happens to people seeking the corner office, or even that simple promotion.  It happens to EVERYONE!

The problem all too many of us have when reaching for our aims, is we give up too soon.  We lack determination, staying power, and the self-discipline to see our dreams through.

If you’ve known someone who this has happened to before, or if it’s happened to you, there is a now solution.

But before I give you the solution, let me tell you a little story.

The story I am about to tell you, is part of the solution.

If you understand the story, you’ll understand the solution.

You ready? Here we go….

(Disclaimer:  By sharing the story below, I am in no way suggesting that one must quit their day job to pursue their dream. This story is merely an account of the path I chose, what I learned from it, and how you can gain from it.  There are multiple paths to a destination, and not everyone’s path will look the same.)

Strive Story

In the summer of 2016 I was employed as an Operations Manager for a large corporate firm out of Texas.  As part of the management team, we were studying a classic leadership book by Stephen Covey.  The book was titled ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, and it included an exercise that would change my life forever.

The exercise we were studying, was meant to help us create a clearer vision for our lives.  The exercise had us imagine ourselves being able to witness our own funeral. It prodded us to examine how we wanted to be remembered by our friends and family at our funeral.  And it was during this exercise, that I had this looming feeling.  It was the feeling that I wasn’t on the right path.  My gut told me that if continued down the path I was on, I wouldn’t be happy with who I’d eventually become.

I remember thinking to myself:  “I don’t want to be remembered as a coward.  I don’t want be remembered as a person who lacked the courage to at least try to go for what he really wanted in this life!”

It was a visceral feeling that convinced me;  if I didn’t give my dream at least one last shot, I would regret it for the rest of my life.

So, it was in that moment that I became certain the path I was on didn’t align with the vision I wanted for my life.  And it was in that moment I realized I had to do something about it.  So, in September of 2016 I resigned.

I resigned from my corporate job, hedging both my career and the guaranteed income that would secure a comfortable retirement for both my wife and I.  It was a scary decision to make. But, I felt if there was ever a time in my life to give my dream a shot, it would be at that moment.

So, I did something crazy, I resigned.  I resigned to pursue my dream of becoming the author, the motivator, the life-changer that I always knew I could be.

As such, I set off on my grand journey to create a motivational business.  During the first few months on this new journey of mine, I did not make a dime.  But, I kept to it, I kept striving to make this dream work.

After about 6 months, I was still not making much money.  The traffic to my site started to grow significantly, but I had yet to truly monetize it (make money from it), as the one book I published was not selling very well.

Nothing seemed to be working, which led to a huge dip in my enthusiasm.  I started to feel frustrated and discouraged.  But, I did not want to give up on my dreams. I had worked too freaking hard for them already.  Plus, I didn’t want to let down all the people I was striving to motivate, so I persisted.

The 9th month arrived all too soon, and somehow, I was still not profitable in my endeavors. Seriously, I was like, “What the fu** is going on here!?  This can’t be happening, I am doing this full-time for goodness-sake!”

I felt like I was drowning.  Like there was nothing I could do to keep me from sinking.  I was truly exasperated.  However, I was not ready for this story to end, so I decided once again to press on.

Nearly 12 months had passed, and I was still nowhere near reaching the goals I initially set for myself.  But, in the middle of 2017, almost a year-to-the date from when I resigned to pursue my dream, things started to change.

The money from my business started to grow (It was a trickle, but it was growing).  My influence and connections within the business started to grow dramatically as well.  But the crucial thing that happened, was this:  despite the recent growth, I had hit my lowest point in my pursuit in terms of motivation.

Yes, I had a bit more money coming in, yes, my traffic, my audience, and my business were growing.  However, the business was not where I hoped it would be, especially considering the ridiculous amounts of effort I had already put in to it.  In truth, the business was not where I needed it to be.

At my lowest point in my 12-month journey, the point where most people would quit, something happened.   I had this nagging feeling that everything I was doing was for naught.  I started to wonder if I was wasting my time, and that maybe the writing was on the wall.  I wondered if the time had come for me to throw in the towel on this dream of mine.

It was as if every bone in my body was sapped of energy to keep going.  But then, in that lowest point of the many lows experienced during this 12-month adventure, I took a deep breath, and said to myself, “I am going to keep going.  It may not be in the exact same direction as I initially planned, but I am going to keep going.  I am going to make this work.” 

Now bear in mind, I didn’t feel like I had the physical or emotional energy to keep going at this point.  But astonishingly, my mind did.

And just like that, not even a few minutes later, like a stroke of magic, a new set of brilliant ideas for my business came to me.  It was an idea for both a new strategy, and a change up in my brand.

It was a magical second wind that I desperately needed.  It gave new life to my dream. Suddenly, I was back in the game and on fire to keep striving.  But this time, it was with much more vigor and purpose than when I first got started but a year ago.

365 days after getting started on my journey, I found the clarity around my business that was missing.  I gained a clearer vision for where I wanted to take it, and a better way to add value to the world.  My dream found it’s footing, but it took time, some failures, and pushing past a breaking point.

This story is the unfolding of my STRIVE.

Those first 365 days of my venture were not a waste.  They were the stepping stones of struggle and effort that needed to be set.

There is a quote that sums up the experience I had, and the journey that many of us must experience before we reach our aims, and it is this:

The STRIVE Solution

This solution I am offering you was born from this experience.  It is a solution that can help you, create a new starting point for future power and triumph.  It will help you in your pursuits, be they big or small.

This solution is your stepping stone for reaching for those worthy goals that bring you most to life.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Great story, but what is the solution?”

Well my friend, the solution is the newest and best motivation journal ever created in the history of mankind.

The solution, is The STRIVE Journal!

If you are an aspiring artist, author, or entrepreneur, I know you know what it’s like to reach for those dreams of yours.  I know what it is like being on the verge of quitting.  You may have even quit already, I don’t know.  But, what I do know is this, that if you give your aspirations the time and effort to become a living thing… your success is guaranteed.

If you’re wondering, “So how is this journal going to help me or my friend who may be struggling to keep their dream alive?”

Here is how my friend…..

How This Motivational Journal Will Help You:

First and foremost, you must know this motivation journal is meant to help you get to your second wind.  But not just to your second wind, but also to your third, your fourth, and every other wind there after until your reach your goal.  The journal is meant to help you keep going.  It is meant to keep you striving long enough to realize the success you seek.“But how does it do this?”

Build Momentum with 365 Days of Encouragement

Motivation + Momentum

Goals take time to accomplish, but most people don’t realize this.  In fact, most people don’t truly understand how long a worthy goal can actually take to create some momentum around.  As such, we’ve designed this journal to give you the encouragement you need to move the needle forward, and to do so for a long enough period of time for you to actually experience the results you’re after.

We are in it for the long haul, and this journal strives to ensure you are too.

Zero-in On What You Really Want

This journal helps you zero-in on what you really want from life, and then it forces you to remind yourself every single day (see high performance habits below).  Why every single day?  Because, when you consistently remind yourself why you are getting out of bed every morning, you’ll be less likely to deviate from your desired end.  Plus, when you finally convince (program) yourself what it is you are really working towards, you’ll become unstoppable!

After you set up that one big goal that drives everything you do, the journal will also guide you in setting quarterly goals.  Each quarterly goal is a stepping stone that will eventually lead you to your main aim, your STRIVE!

365 Personal Messages to Strengthen Your Drive to Strive

audio motivation journal

The Strive Journal also includes 365 recorded messages to help you stay motivated.  Each message is unique to each day of your Strive.  Each message will encourage you to keep moving forward!

Just like ole Rocky Balboa said…

The Strive Drive is the drill sergeant you’ve always secretly wanted!  The one that gets you to do what you need to do, without getting spit in your face!

Action Based Motivation Journal

motivation journal for taking action

Look, your dreams don’t have a chance in hell at becoming a reality if you don’t work for them.  That’s why this journal includes a built-in accountability model to help you keep track of your daily efforts.  If you want to reach your biggest goals, it is going to take hours of consistent effort, 24/7/365.   Your dream deserves at least a few hours every day, if it is going to someday grace you with its attainment.

How to Never Give Up Again

And that is why this journal is so great!  It will ask you to do something every day to keep you moving closer to your goals, and it will score you for the effort you put in.  If you really want to reach your goals, a consistent push to do something every single day is necessary.

To Do Lists

The Strive Journal also acts as daily planner.  It has a daily To Do List included on each page of the journal.

The To Do List is modeled off one of the most effective strategies for daily goal completion, the 1-3-5 Rule.  The premise of this rule is to focus on prioritizing your daily tasks, by getting you to complete at least 1 BIG goal, 3 Medium sized tasks, and 5 little things each day.

By applying this rule to your To-Do strategy, you will be able to supercharge your ability to do the daily tasks that need to get done for you to reach your aims.

High Performance Habits

I’ve been studying successful people for over a decade now, and the one thing all of them had in common, were great habits.  To help you kickstart some habits that will usher you into becoming a high performing goal attainment machine, this journal has laid out a few habits that you should practice daily.  By doing so, you will level up your abilities to reach your goals.

The journal has a checklist of daily activities that it highly suggests you do, and provides you with the best time of day to do them.  Because if you do these activities, you will begin doing the same practices that a great many success gurus, leaders, and high achievers do.

If you’re wondering, “But I don’t want to be a success guru, or the next Richard Branson, why should I do these high-performance habits?”

Here is why.  The one reason why you should want to do as they do, is because they are masterful goal achievers.  They have a proven track record of achieving their goals.

And if there is one thing this journal is trying to do, it is ultimately to help you reach your goals, your dreams.  It was created to help you achieve the goal that keeps you up at night.

The Purpose of This Motivation Journal

never give up

I am going to say it again.  The purpose of this journal is to keep you going.   Your dreams, goals, and ambitious endeavors deserve time to incubate.  And in order for them to do so, you need to be able to overcome the biggest obstacle to success… giving up too soon!

Now most people don’t have the luxury of quitting their job to pursue their dream full time, like I did.  Which makes giving up too soon even likelier.

I have been fortunate enough to do so, because of some great investments I made in real estate.  On top of that, I’ve had some luck with my first internet business, which has helped my Strive endeavors.

So, I am not independently wealthy (yet), I am just leveraging my financial boon to achieve my dream, which is to help you.

goals quote

So who is this resource for?

If You Want to Know How to Never Give Up Again…

It’s for you!  No Really!! This resource is for everyone with a dream.  But most importantly, it’s for those who are ready to stop just dreaming dreams, so they can start chasing them.

Really, everyone should at least give their dream one shot.  Don’t be that person, 30 to 50 years from now, lying in their deathbed wishing they would have had the courage to strive for something extraordinary.

The great thing is, this tool helps make the achieving of that dream, goal, aspiration, much more likely.

This is the only motivation journal that keeps dreams alive, by pushing you to strive, for at least 365!  Never give up on your goals again, outlast your competition, and achieve your dreams with the Strive Journal!

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