Let me just start by saying this - stop putting too much time and attention into things and people that don't hold value or are unable to assist you with becoming the best version of yourself. When you stop focusing on others, and start focusing on SELF, things start to change in your life.
I'm not saying that you will just wake up one day, and everything that doesn't aid in your wellbeing will be erased from your mind; but what I am saying is that it takes baby steps and persistence to get to a point in your life where you put your foot down and decide what you are going to let affect you from day to day.
Hold on to the advice and wisdom you come across, because a wise man knows that he actually knows nothing. Look at each day as an opportunity to learn and grow in your relationship with God, your family, and anything else that is important to you right now.
So often, we get focused on doing things and starting projects, but then we stop. We lose our motivation and get distracted by things that really aren't meaning us any good, but they feel good for the time being. Distractions can give you pure hell if you allow them to. We can know something or someone is not good for us, but we entertain it anyway because we are bored. This is what we have to stop.
We have to stop filling empty spaces with things that are of lower standards based on the guidelines we have mentally set for ourselves. Let me repeat that, because at this point, I'm talking to myself: WE HAVE TO STOP FILLING EMPTY SPACES IN OUR LIVES WITH THINGS THAT ARE OF LOWER STANDARDS BASED ON THE GUIDELINES WE HAVE MENTALLY SET FOR OURSELVES.
Let's say you meet a guy or a girl (whichever you are into), and you have been through a really back breakup and have set some standards for yourself when it comes to dating. Suppose this person has half of the qualities you like and half of the qualities that you dislike and know you won't be able to get over unless they make a serious lifestyle change. Do you sacrifice the standards you set for yourself JUST to have someone around?? The answer to that question is HECK NO.
Stop filling those voids with nothingness and expect it to hold you together. You will fail miserably every time. According to Google, persistent means continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
It's hard. I have been there time and time again, but one thing I am proud of is my persistence to keep moving forward, when certain situations were sought out to make me quit. The stress of life, relationships, family, work, and so forth can make you want to throw the towel in, but nevertheless, you must persist!!
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