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Is it OK to give up?

Earlier this month, I decided to join my partner on a bit of the Cleveland Way.

He has been chipping away at it for months, doing a bit at a time every weekend. I must admit I am not a big fan of walks but if I do walk, I WALK.

The last time was in 2020 when we decided to do the Great Glen Way in Scotland. 80 miles in 5 days with heavy backpacks. Needless to say, that after that I vowed to never walk again.

However, I have always used walks as a bit of a challenge when I need to make a decision. The Great Glen Way was: “If I can do this, I’m quitting my job and starting my own VA business”, and it worked. This part of the Cleveland Way was about pivoting my business.

The plan was to do over 40km over the weekend from Lythe to Scarborough. After an hour, I was already cursing, I had to stop in a chemist in Whitby to buy some plasters for the 6 blisters that had decided to show up… So, to cut it short after 25km the first day, I gave up. We never got to finish that section on the Sunday.

And you know what, I have questioned myself:

Should I push more?

Should I walk through the pain or should I reassess my goals?

And that’s what I did. I wanted to walk at least 20kms or to arrive at our goal for the first day: Ravenscar. And I did both! Ok, I didn’t do the 40kms but I changed my perspective, changed my end goal and still achieved something.

Can you relate?

If you change “giving up” by “reassessing your priorities and end goals” wouldn’t it make our lives so much easier?

Let me know your thoughts!





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