"When the going gets tough, the tough get going!"
Wow, wouldn't it be great IF that were always true in our own lives? But, let's be honest, it's NOT always true in our own lives, is it?
I was reading an article a few minutes ago and someone made the comment on "self-help" books, (and I quote loosely) "Most of these books work if you do the work. Of course, if you do the work, you don't need the books in the first place."
I think I understand what this person means and, on one level, I agree with them.
But, at the same time, I also find this idea that we can do it all on our own! And, that goes back to that idea of the quote being used for this series of podcasts and blogs (too, don't forget I'm also video taping my podcast - go to the main site to hook up to my YouTube channel - www.MichaelSpillman.com).
It would be GREAT if we could always just blast right through any and all obstacles that get in our way!
But, honestly, we're simply not made that way.
What do I mean? Simply put: WE NEED EACH OTHER!
Isn't that true? As hard as some people may try, it's like the old quote, "No man is an island." Even though people give us headaches and heartaches from time to time the fact remains: WE NEED EACH OTHER!
So, that's one reason I am so thankful that you are reading this. I hope that I'm able to help you with the mindset necessary to keep moving forward. And, let me say this - I NEED YOU and am ENCOURAGED by you when you leave comments and encourage me by letting me know that this helps you even in some small way.
So, bottom line, we don't always GET GOING when things get tough.
That being said, here's the first "end of the quote" I want to use for today:
"When the going gets tough...WE HAVE CHOICES TO MAKE!"
In my opinion we have only TWO choices when things get tough. We can either GIVE UP or we can choose to GET UP!
Oh, I know you've head me say that before - but it's still true and it applies to this situation.
When you get knocked to your knees it's easy to "just stay down" and to try to avoid any more hurt or struggle. It's easy to give up thinking that by doing so the struggle will either ease up or just go away.
You can be assured that it WON'T go away or ease up just because we have chosen to "throw in the towel". There's more to be said on this part and I will be sharing thoughts on this throughout this little series (as well as on the podcast - be sure to listen to them because I don't use a script to make sure that I say the EXACT same thing there and here both!).
But for now, let's all realize that GIVING UP is one decision that you could make when things get tough.
The other? GET UP and KEEP MOVING forward REGARDLESS of the tough situation that is invading your life for the moment.
Don't miss those last three words..."for the moment".
Here's one thing you can count on when it comes to tough times: Tough times come and tough times go.
And, yeah, then they come again. But, guess what? Then they also "go" again.
It's simply part of life and part of BEING ALIVE!
We'll be talking more about what this means for each of us but keep this in mind - YOU ARE CHOOSING A PATH EACH AND EVERY DAY.
Which path are YOU choosing? The path that is part of the "giving up" choice or the path that is part of the "getting up" choice?
Hey, let's get real and honest here. You already know which path you are choosing, don't you?
And, too, some days we choose one path and, on other days we choose the other one.
That being so, aren't you glad we have each other to help out along the way? I know I am!
And I am THANKFUL for you!
As always, "Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"