When we choose to challenge ourselves, there are a series of natural roadblocks any ambitious woman can expect to encounter along the way.
Whether you’re building a business, pursuing a fitness goal, or training for something entirely out of your element, it can be hard to remain laser-focused 24/7 – especially if you haven’t seen your desired results yet.
Rest assured, every step in the process holds value. Not only will your efforts evolve you as a person, but you’ll also look at goals that once seemed “unattainable” and think “I got this”.
Let’s cover six benefits that come with staying committed even when it seems easier to just walk away (trust me – don’t walk away!).
Confidence in Your Capabilities
The absolute best thing any woman can do for herself is to commit one-hundred percent to her endeavors. Not only will this pay off big-time across your personal and professional lives, but it will also give you a serious self-esteem boost. Commitment implies confidence in your ability to follow through.
Plus, it removes the constant wavering back-and-forth that often comes with decisions we haven’t fully committed to. Own your process, accept that it will take time, but make a conscious choice not to give up before the magic happens. It. Will. Happen.
A Personal and Professional Evolution
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “life is a journey, not a destination”.
The same perspective must apply to your goals if you want to stay focused and motivated. Sometimes, the absolute best thing we can do for ourselves is step outside of our comfort zones. You’re doing that now!
Think of all the growth you’ve experienced since beginning your journey. If we simply catapulted into extreme success we wouldn’t know what to do with it or how to celebrate it. That’s what the journey is for.
Apply gratitude to the hard moments and embrace the softer ones. You are ever-evolving because of your hard work, and that is something to cherish, not abandon.
A Serious Work Ethic
There’s no doubt about it, hard work pays off. When you make the commitment to pursue something that will enhance your life, go after it with everything you have.
Ditch the excuses, make serious plans, and hold yourself accountable.
To stay motivated and remind yourself that you’re on the right track, look out for the small wins. These are indicators that your work is paying off right before your eyes. Any minor successes that are a direct result of your work are worth celebrating big time! Consider each one a stone on the path to even bigger wins.
The Gifts of Opportunity
Before you think twice about closing the door on your dream, think about what future-you might be missing out on.
You know, those mysterious opportunities the universe seems to give those who keep the door open? They’re waiting for you!
But if you stop now, you’ll never know what was to come just around the corner. Chasing our goals isn’t easy, but if you stay open and receptive to the magic of the ride, chances are you’ll invite new opportunities that your present self can’t even imagine. You might be surprised about what’s in store for you!
If you’re like me, you might have a hard time letting go of control. Sometimes, when we can’t see exactly what’s on the horizon, it’s easier to admit defeat than to maintain blind faith. But as you know, giving up will get you nowhere – literally.
Invest in your passion and dig up all the internal motivation you can to keep your eye on that horizon. Believe that what you are doing will bring you the results you need. Put in the hard work and surrender control over the outcome.
It just takes one thing to change everything. Don’t you want to stick around to witness that?
A Deep Sense of Fulfillment
Sometimes, remaining committed to an important goal is simply about shifting your reward focus. It’s easy to feel tempted to achieve success in the external ways we often witness it: money, power, fans, expensive items, fame.
A true successful mindset has to start from within.
Take a break if needed and spend some time reworking what this goal means to you; why are you in pursuit of it?
If you find that your heart or passion isn’t fully behind it, you may need to make some adjustments.
When you’re on the right path and you remain committed, pursuing a goal in and of itself will feel almost as fulfilling as achieving it!
Erin Lehmann is a marketer and motivator passionate about the intersection of creative expression and intentional living. Her website, Female Mind Unleashed, is dedicated to helping women of all ages own their agency, explore their inner workings, and find fulfillment.