When You’re Stuck, Give Up


Not forever – but for a little bit.

Step away. Back off. Give yourself permission to do something else.

That’s when the magic happens.

I know this, but I forget. Constantly. I double down, stare harder at the computer, start googling more and frantically looking for some secret I must have missed.

And that never works.

Walking away works. Connecting works. Recharging and refreshing works.

Give up.

Have faith.

The answers you need will come to you when you stop trying so hard to claw them from the earth.

Take a breath. Take another.

Walk away.

You’ll be back.

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  1. daniel says:

    And sometimes the “problem” resolves itself, or turns out to not be a problem, or something else happens to completely shift the playing field where you are no longer required to fix the problem you were stuck on.

    Or something like that.
    daniel’s most recent post: Phamily Foto Phriday 1-3-14

  2. So true! I have to remind myself of this regularly as well.
    Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)’s most recent post: South Mountain hiking

  3. I’m a huge fan of articles that say all the necessary things without all the fluff. Thank you.

    I’ve given up several times when it comes to individual things such as business ventures, but what I will never give up on is the big picture.

    Sometimes it’s the smartest thing to do :)
    Jules Parkins’s most recent post: How To Raise Yourself Above The Masses

  4. I used to always keep trying to push through, only getting more and more upset, which pushed me further from my goal. I eventually learned to “give up” and come back tot he issue after a few hours or the next day. Surprisingly, with a clearer mind and better focus, I was able to solve the problem. Many times too, the solution was obvious, just not at the time because I was so frustrated.
    Don @ Breath of Optimism’s most recent post: Making Resolutions That Last

    • Britt Reints says:

      That step back can often give us the shift in perspective we need to see what was in our blind spot.

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