Some of the most successful people in history experienced significant setbacks as they followed their dreams, but instead of being discouraged and defeated, they refused to give up.
Henry Ford was an entrepreneur who tried and failed five times at business until he finally invented the automobile and became a financial success.
Walt Disney actually had to go through bankruptcy several times in the process of building Disneyland.
The famous minister, John Wesley encountered many difficulties and opposition as he preached the Gospel but refused to give up, and eventually saw hundreds of thousands of souls come to the Lord as a result of his ministry.
Most people don’t ever experience the life of their dreams simply because they give up way too easily. Not giving up on your dreams also means being smart. You can try all you want but if you’re taking the wrong set of actions, you’re not going to get very far.
We may fail at one thing or at several things, but that does not make us a failure. The truth is, we are never a failure unless we give up.
If you face opposition to your dream or calling and think it's easier to just let it go, there are some radical adjustments you must make in your thinking that will strengthen you so that you will not quit.
Here are some things to consider, as you make these adjustments.
1. There is always “a way.”
When the devil or people say, “This will never happen,” it's easy to become discouraged. But the truth is, there is always A WAY because Jesus is “The Way!” [John 14:6] Even the prophet Isaiah said that God would make a way in the wilderness [Isaiah 43:19].
It may not be easy, convenient, or happen quickly, but if you will simply 'keep on keeping on' and refuse to quit, you will accomplish what God has put in your heart.
2. Consistency is key.
If we want to make progress in any area of our lives, we need to keep doing the right thing; not always the same thing, but the right thing, over a period of time. In fact, that is what consistency means. Someone said that the greatest testimony we could have is, “I’m still here.” The Apostle Paul finished what he was called to do even though he had ample opportunities to give up. But he declared to Timothy in 2 Tim 4:7 “I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
3. You have authority over satan.
Jesus said in Luke 10:19 “Behold I give you power (authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
We are to use the Word of God and the Name of Jesus as our authority and drive the devil and his cohorts out of our lives, our affairs and our areas. We must take responsibility to speak God's Word to the devil and drive away the evil forces that hinder our lives and what God has called us to do. The Word says in James 4:7 that as we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us. So stand your ground and resist him in the power and anointing of God.
One of the primary reasons people give up is that when they try things and don’t succeed, they then feel like a failure. The truth is, we're never a failure unless we give up altogether. We can always win no matter what we feel like.
Just remember; 'a setback is just a setup for a comeback!'