05 Sep Don’t Give Up
Don’t Give Up the Ship
So I’m in my friend’s bathroom taking care of business – and by this of course I mean making sure nary a hair is out of place on my eyebrows- when I notice a wooden plaque of an eagle hanging on the wall. Underneath the eagle the words “Don’t Give Up the Ship” are written.
Now I’m not sure why this particular friend has this seemingly nautical “piece of art” hanging on his wall being that his experience of life at sea consists of floating in an innertube down the lazy river found in his apartment complex but far be it from me to question such things.
The simple message really got to me. We all wake up to that day when we want nothing to do with hard work and motivation. We tell ourselves that the feeling will pass as we slowly become more and more idle.
Before we know it a week has gone by without a good workout or without reading another chapter in that book that might actually help us grow professionally or personally.
The interesting thing about losing motivation in one area of our lives is that it carries into others. It might start with something as seemingly trivial as missing a workout and grow from there. Soon, we stop trying to develop our bodies and then we stop trying to develop our character. The same lazy attitude begins to eat at us and we wake up and realize that we have let go of our goals and dreams.
Jack London, the American Author and journalist, once said “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
I often have to tell myself not give up the ship. When we don’t feel like getting up and doing what we need to do to grow both physically, mentally, and spiritually (yeah I said it) we need to bite our lips and just do it. If motivation still does not come, take a second and bite down harder.
Don’t you dare stop doing the seemingly monotonous day to day tasks that will eventually lead you to the accomplishment of your goals. Stay on that ship and repeat this Latin proverb: “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”
Have any ideas on how to keep moving forward even when life sucks? Leave it in the comments.