Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well
Giving Up – A verbal act of admitting defeat
Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary
Life is a journey of incredible challenge.
Failure, frustration, and stress are very natural components of the journey. We are expected to experience these types of emotions along the way. After all, nothing worth having ever comes easy.
Self-doubt will uncontrollably creep into our minds, yielding a negative domino affect. We will begin to view life with a negative mindset.
- Opportunities will feel bleak
- Goals will appear unattainable
- Situations will seem hopeless
In the face of challenges, it is perfectly normal to develop this type of defeatist attitude. However, in spite of such a mindset, it is imperative to heed some very important advice:
“Don’t ever give up!”
It is important to remain aware of self-doubt once it creeps through. We must consciously decide to not allow such negative thinking to infiltrate and infest our psychological makeups. We simply cannot allow ourselves to hold us back.
Imagine yourself running a marathon. You’ve just reached the marker indicating that only two miles remain in your conquest. You have somehow pushed your body through 24.2 miles and are extremely close to the finish line. Your ultimate goal is nearly completed.
At this point, you’re exhausted, sore, and gasping for breath. You’re not quite sure how you’ve come as far as you have, nor are you confident you’ll see it through to the end. You feel as though your body will collapse at any second.
However, the most challenging portion of the race is where you will ultimately prove yourself. After all the time and effort you’ve put towards preparing for the run, followed by the 24.2 miles you’ve logged thus far, there’s no chance you’re giving up now!
This marathon analogy shares parallels with the journey of life.
As noted in my previous post entitled “How to Maintain Professionalism; “Get Up and Try!”, the effort you put forth will carry the most weight with anything you set out to do. After all, we cannot guarantee end results, though we can do everything in our power to put ourselves in favorable positions.
Considering the effort you’ve offered and the dedication you’ve shown, you owe it to yourself to see your conquests through to the very end. The most challenging portions of your conquests will test your true strength, determination, and will. Those final two miles will determine who you are and what you’re made of.
When you most want to quit is when you most need to push. When you feel you’ve got nothing left, dig a little deeper. When you fall, pick yourself up and keep moving. You’re so very, very close.
This completes the “How to Maintain Professionalism” series of Positivity and Professionalism.