If You Give Up, You Fail

I like to set new goals for myself.

When I was younger, I set goals that would ultimately lead to being able to rely on myself and allow for a more stable life, because at the time, it was so unpredictable.

I wrote this down in my high school memory book…

Apparently, I was a fortune teller, because I have exactly three children and I am hitting that 10 year marriage milestone this August…which, I might add, is no small feat.

Just sayin’.

Oh, and I’m happy to report that I have had plenty of party, party, fun times and backyard barbecues under my belt since writing that goal sheet in 1997.

Good times indeed.

But here’s the thing, all those goals above, were met a couple of years ago…

Some people would be content with living out their days in that gift but, I’m restless, what can I say.

So, I’ve started to set new goals…writing goals, blogging goals, parenting goals, travel goals, personal-stop-worrying-so-much-and-live-more-like-that-teen-in-the-memory-book-goals.

But, I’ve also hit some road blocks recently with those goals.

I’ve failed.

I’ve had doors closed.

And it blows.

It stings.

It makes me feel pretty crummy.

But that’s why I keep around people like my husband who encourage me to keep moving or friends who cheer me on via twitter or text and email when I’m having a “whoa is me” kind of day.

And, it’s why I keep books like Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives on my bookshelf, because they have words like this in them…

“The surest way to lose at any endeavor is to quit…Don’t give up. Fatique, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort…I was on the verge of giving up when salvation was staring me right in the face. Had I not taken that one last walk across the road,  I would have failed…you quit, you fail.”

~ Morgan Freeman

It’s words like those above that help me pick myself up, dust myself off and continue to move forward with a renewed strength and perspective.

Because I know that I want to continue growing. I know that I cannot sit idle and wait for life to happen to me. I know that I want to continue to learn, attain goals and discover new things. By reaching for new goals and discovering new things about myself, I feel alive. Even if I have to slow down for a few months on occasion because life in the military with three little ladies demands it.  I am a success if I continue to chip away, little by little.

What new goals have you set for yourself recently? 

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15 thoughts on “If You Give Up, You Fail

    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I’m learning to simplify my goals, or at least stretch out the deadlines for my bigger goals. :-)

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      Haha! I am right there with you on that one! ;-) You can do it. One day, sometimes one minute, or one second at a time, but you can do it.

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  1. Cindi

    What a great idea for a post and it’s really neat you have your comments to go back to. (The yearbook.)

    Funny how goals seem to change the more we age. Mine right now are to be a better blogger, get to 30 followers (LoL) but more importantly, as my kids grow and start their lives as adults … make sure they have a personal relationship with Christ! :)

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I wish I would have written more things down as I grew up. My memory is terrible! That’s why I blog now. :-) And, keep blogging, you’ll see your following grow over time. Make sure to get on twitter, I found that I met a lot of new people that way.

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      Thanks! The truth was, I had no idea what was out in the world at that point. Simple was it. :-) But, it definitely made for attainable goals and now I get to set more goals for the future.

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  2. Chris
    Twitter: the_carpediem

    Love the Morgan Freeman quote!

    I’m looking one level higher at the moment than trying to set goals, I’m attempting to find my life purpose. Call it a mid-life crisis or whatever, but I’m tired of just running on life’s treadmill with no aim. It’s an interesting journey of self-discovery … how many people really know and understand their true life purpose?

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      That’s fantastic! It would be really great to know your life’s purpose…I think we all have multiple purposes in life and they come at different points in our life. I wish you all the best on your journey!

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  3. Sherry
    Twitter: #!/acherishedevent

    That is so awesome that you hit all of your goals spot on! How many people can really say that?! You are very focused and driven so I have no doubt you will be and already are a huge success at blogging, writing and parenting. Love ya lady! :-)

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      You are so sweet. :-) Love you too! I set very simple goals because that was all I knew at the time. Now onto some loftier ones, no? ;) XO.

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I have that same problem. There are SO many things I want to do. Big things, little things…I’m all over the place. SO, narrowing it down becomes a problem at times…haha! ;-)

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  4. Trish

    I love inspiring quotes like that. And it helps to remember that EVERYONE has failed at least once. And been rejected, professionally. And that it is no indication of my talent, value or ability to succeed. We must persevere. My newest goal is to not only write a 10 minute play, but to have it chosen for my local 10 Minute Play Festival. I’m taking a workshop to help me meet this goal! Wish me luck.

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