One of my favorite memories as a kid is a funny story. When I was about 5 years old I was playing a board game with my family. Like most young kids (and adults) I hated to lose. I was a very competitive little girl. You can imagine how upset I was when I realized I was losing the game. I got up out of my seat with frustration and told my family that I quit.
My uncle who was visiting us at the time told me not to give up. After a whole lot of convincing he got me to not give up on myself. Even though I had for sure thought I had lost the whole game– I walked back to finish the game. To my surprise even though it looked like I wouldn’t be able to even manage to make it to second place it ended up that I won the game.
This story always puts a smile on my face when I think about it. It is one of my best memories I cherish because my uncle was there. He was one of my favorite people on the entire planet and he ended up passing away not many years after this memory had taken place. I also remember this memory because it taught me a very important lesson in life and that was to not give up even when things are not going your way and that’s what I wanted to talk about to you today.
There’s no ignoring it sometimes in life you can just feel defeated. Something happens and you fall flat down on your face. You just don’t feel like you can get back up again, but when you fall under this victim mentality you will never win in life. Everyone has bad things that happen to them but the difference between those who end up winning in life and those who don’t is if they choose to rise above their circumstances or that they choose to just sit there in self-pity.
The most successful people on the planet have failed many, MANY times. We see many people’s highlight reels without seeing all the struggle they actually went through to get to where they are today. These people may have felt like giving up on their dreams or themselves, but what made them successful is that they kept going anyway. Just because you may lose some battles doesn’t mean you will lose at life itself. Every setback or loss is stepping stone to lead you to where you are supposed to go. You will never know though if you just give up when you have these setbacks.
I know, personally, from my own life experience that the good parts of my life came after not giving up during the hard seasons. Those hard seasons helped me learn what not to do and helped me succeed later. Just like that story from when I was a little girl. If I gave up on things that mattered to me I would never have any wins in my life — just like I would have never won that game.
Dreamers, when you feel like you’re losing please remember to not give up, because like my silly story you will win. You just can’t give up. Keep on fighting and I promise you that one day you will win.
Thanks for listening,