Stop Giving Up on Yourself

There are so many times we are just at the edge of a breakthrough and we walk away. It’s funny, we sit here and say, “I want to reach for the stars. I want breakthroughs.” But when the time comes to sit through the pain, we can’t take it. We step away. We find something to appease our anxiety. And we have no idea that that moment we couldn’t sit through, was our opportunity to face our moment of truth.

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Mary Tyler Moore

I admit it, when I’m writing and my anxiety gets high, I automatically step away and look for a snack. It’s wired in me. It’s wired in all of us. When our brain senses that a situation can cause some sort of discomfort, it tells us that our best option is to step away. And we listen. Maybe more times than we should. But here I am reminding you to stick it out. Sit and focus and don’t stop till you feel the breakthrough. I promise you, it’s there. I promise you, it’s coming. And I can guarantee you that if you are super uncomfortable, you’re in the right starting place. Keep going.

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Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

3 thoughts on “Stop Giving Up on Yourself

  1. Interesting. I’ve been completely out of it with discomfort for the past four years, starting almost the moment I began blogging. I kept going because I didn’t want the fear to conquer me. In the meantime I worked on myself, made myself better, slowly. Then I made two very substantial leaps this year, taking me to a personal power I don’t remember feeling. When I stepped away from blogging it was because I was being followed by a shadow. I was more afraid of what that person would do to others I associated than for myself. When I stepped back, I noticed that my settings hadn’t changed. I personally had many of the same hang ups. Suddenly I felt as if I could be effective in improving myself. It’s as if the years it took me to improve myself actually only brought me to the doorstep. Am I disappointed? No. I’m finally feeling potent, like I can make a difference. As I work on myself, I’m in the world. The world understands, I think. The change I went through was something I can’t quite describe. It’s like a few weeks ago when I drove to Lake Michigan on a whim, getting there in a shiny, silky pastel kind of peace. I laughed on the way home. Yes, I still have my troubles. But I finally have found vision.

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    1. You know what I really appreciate how you took time to share your experience with me. There’s so much we can learn from each other’s journeys. I hope you find the challenges ahead to be your sparks in the darkness. and please share all your adventures.

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      1. It’s true. Let’s share. I’m looking forward to hearing your stories. I feel I’ve been moving into the light. It’s new. I’m not sure I can explain it other than trying a lot of different angles. I’d be happy to help, if you need. I think I’ll always need support. We all do. 🙂


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