#14: Still Holding On

A few leaves are still holding onto the trees. I’m impressed. Fall has been gusty – winds so strong whole trees have been uprooted. But these tiny stems at the top won’t let go.

Not everyone wants to hold on like that. At times, it’s tempting to let go of projects. It’s tempting to move onto easier goals. That’s when I have to decide if holding on is worth it. You do, too. Whatever you’re holding onto, you do it because it matters. Because it’s worth holding.

That’s the only reason I wake up and write my novel … A book that may never be published. I can’t ever believe that. You shouldn’t either.

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. -George S. Patton

  • Exercise: Have you recently given up on a goal? Maybe you want to quit your day job, lose weight, declutter, start a blog or write that novel. Whatever the goal was, write it down as simply as possible. Look at the word. What does it mean to you? How much do you want to hold onto it again? This answer could change your life.

How do you stay motivated to reach your goals?

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1 Brooke @ Waiting to Rise October 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

Great Post! I have a prayer journal…and this topic is going in it today! Thank you! I’ve given up on a few of my goals recently…and yesterday, I realized that if I keep doing what I’ve always done, I’m going to always be stuck in this place. And I realize its going to take work, discipline, and self control to get where I want to be. I struggle with that (working hard) because I’ve worked hard for so long…I really want a break. But, what if my working hard is because this job/this life isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing? What if, in finding what I love, it won’t feel like hard work at all? Thanks for allowing me to bring up these feelings and deal with them. I’ve decided to take a huge leap of faith (have to be vague because its about my work/job) and take some steps to completely switch gears in my career. I’m so scared…but I’m so excited. I have no idea how it is going to work out while I still have my day job, but I’m intrigued to find out.

2 Melissa October 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Hi Brooke,
Wow, I’m anxious to hear more about this (when you can share!).
I can confirm that when you are working hard on something you love … something that excites you and make you come alive … it doesn’t feel like hard work. It feels like breathing.
I wish you best in your journey!

3 Rebecca October 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

Thank you Melissa, this is a wonderful blog and just want I needed to read today! I’ve been walking in the woods today and noticing the leaves still hanging on. I’m going to hang on to my goal…..it’s procrastination more than anything else which is all down to fear of some sort! Isn’t it always?! Holding on to it will change my life one step at a time.

4 Melissa October 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Hi Rebecca,
Thanks for sharing your story about holding on. Life changes don’t happen overnight – many take months or years. You can do it! Especially with the right attitude.

5 Lisa @ Just here. Just now. October 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for the great post. I’ve been feeling particularly unmotivated lately (I prefer to blame it on the change of seasons) but I’m really wanting to get back on track. Thanks for the reminder that even if some piece of writing might never see the light of day – write it anyway!!

6 Melissa October 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hi Lisa,
So true! I just read a post about how writing is about discipline and breaks everyday. We all need discipline – like writing at least 300 words a day – and breaks, like going for a walk for inspiration.
Thanks for sharing … makes me realize I’m not alone.

7 Lisa October 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Hi Melissa, encouraging post…and timely for me…God has been speaking to me about setting goals, and then figuring out the small steps to reach those goals (many of them writing goals for me as well)…instead of letting myself sit in discouragement about what I’m not getting done…he’s teaching me to celebrate the small steps. Thanks!

8 Melissa October 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

That’s awesome, Lisa. I’m a big believer of small steps. You can make the whole trip that way.
Blessings to you!

9 Marci | Liberating Choices October 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I love the quote by George Patton. It’s simply but boldly true! I think the long term goal, whether you reach it or not, has to be greater than the short term discomfort of trudging through.

10 Melissa October 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

HI Marci,
That is so true. If it’s worth having, it’s worth working for.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re doing great!

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