I came across a quote recently that really resonated with me, and I thought I should share. It’s simple, but I find it is often true, and useful to keep in mind during difficult stretches in our career.

“When it gets difficult, is often right before you succeed.” – Chris Garrett

The Never Give Up Attitude

In business, and especially for business owners, we can face those points where we feel like just giving up. You may feel like calling it quits on something large-scale—abandoning your entire business plan—or something smaller, like giving into procrastination rather than working on the task at hand. We can almost feel our hardcore, never-give-up attitude draining away. We tell ourselves things like…

  • It’s hard work
  • I don’t know how to do it
  • It’ll never work
  • I’m not getting recognised
  • I’m not qualified

If you ever feel yourself running through these negative thought patterns in your head, remember that there are a few simple things you can do to help yourself keep going:

Take a break and regroup

Sometimes, all you need is to step away from the difficult task and refresh your mind.

Refreshing and relaxing might mean taking a ten-minute walk to break up the work day, or taking a week’s holiday away from work to recharge your batteries. If you’re the type of person who needs quiet and solitude to recharge—seek it out! If you need the support of your friends, or a favorite movie, find and embrace those things. You’ll probably find that you come back with much more energy and motivation to keep going. You have to take care of yourself, to be able to care care of business!

Look at how far you’ve come

Often, we can get demotivated when we look at how far we still have to go. The distance we have to overcome before we reach our aspirations can seem impossible to overcome. (What are aspirations, if not lofty!) Instead, shift your perspective and look at how far you’ve already come. This will help you feel empowered and motivated by reminding yourself of what you are capable of.

Look at your favorite accomplishments from the past year. Did you think you would be able to complete all of them a year, or two years ago? Look at what you can accomplish when you dedicate your mind to it. Convince yourself that you can do it!

Talk to someone

Sometimes, all you need is someone to hear your thoughts – a shoulder to cry on. Once you get it all out and talk it through, you might gain a new perspective. Or maybe you can go to someone for advice, someone who’s been in your position before. Whether it’s friends, family, a spouse, colleagues, your boss, a coach, or even strangers on the internet, talk to someone.


Pay attention to the quote above and avoid self-sabotage at the point where success may be just at your fingertips. Contact me if you’re in need of coaching through a tough spot in your career.

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