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4 Ways to Keep Going When You're about to Give Up

4 Ways to Keep Going When You're about to Give Up
Firstly, I admire you for deciding to achieve great things with your life; it takes courage to even start. However, you may have been able to pick yourself up after ‘failure’ number 1, but what do you do if you fail 10, 20 or 100 times? Many people find it extremely difficult to bounce back when all of the hard work seems to result in nothing. What if, like Napoleon Hill suggested you are experiencing ‘temporary defeat’ and not permanent failure? The fact is you will never find out unless you have the tools to help you to keep going when all you want to do is quit. Think about how these 4 strategies will help you during the hard times: 1: Re-ignite the Motivational Fire that was there when you started As things get increasingly difficult, you are in danger of seeing things from a negative perspective. - Why do I want to achieve this? - How will I feel when I have overcome every obstacle and achieved the goal? - What will it cost me in 10 years time if I give up?

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