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In Case of Emergency: Read This Before Giving Up

Posted January 22, 2014 by Kristen Zavo in Career Moves
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We’ve all seen those “In Case of Emergency” signs – you know, the ones where you have to break glass (or nowadays, pull away the plastic covering) to get to the fire.alarm, pull the emergency break on a train or open the emergency exit door on a plane…

Too bad there isn’t a similar device for personal disasters, when everything seems to be going wrong and you wonder if you should give up. But this comes pretty close. I came across this peptalk-kick-in-the-butt-poem in Danielle LaPorte’s recently released The Desire Map, a book about setting “goals with soul.”

So here it is. Read this in times of distress, when you are facing a seemingly insurmountable goal and want to give up. It’s perfect for any tough challenge whether it be getting through marathon training, studying for a big test, or making a major career change. You can do it!

In Case of Emergency: Read This Before Giving Up


Decide To Rise

Push. Turn up the volume. Go hard. Go harder.
Reprioritize your aches and pains.
Infuse your sensitivities with courage.
Tell fear to [get lost].
Devote yourself to done.

There are Soul-justified reasons to cancel. There are times to just stop.
This isn’t one of them. Keep going. Show up. Full on. Full tilt. Full out.
Decide to be one of those people who pull it off.

Do what you say you’re going to do.
Don’t let us down.
Decide to rise.

Why decide to rise?
Not for the reasons you might think.
In fact, these are the reasons that will make you sick and tired:
Do not rise out of obligation.
Do not rise because of feared consequences.
Do not rise because you think being tough
makes you smarter (it doesn’t).

Decide to rise because you want to expand – your being, your life,
your possibilities. Decide to rise because superpowers are meant to
be activated and applied in everyday life.

Decide to rise to explore your place in the universe.

On the other side of deciding to rise is illumination, ecstasy, insight.
And the angel of your strength is there waiting, smiling, applauding,
with a goblet of endorphins for you.
Drink up!

When you transcend circumstances you get special privileges.
You get evidence that you are indeed amazing, and irrefutable proof
that what your heart and mind choose is what matters.

And you get the deep knowing that life wants you to win.

Decide to rise.

Lean in. Listen up. Closely.
It’s your Soul speaking, and she says,

Get UP!
I need you.
I want you.
I am you. 

Choose me. 

Lean in.
Listen up.

Decide to rise.

If you’re interested in a fresh approach to goals, definitely add The Desire Map to your reading list – great book with both a theory and workbook section. The above poem can be found on p.100 – 101.

About the Author

Kristen Zavo

Kristen Zavo is a strategy and marketing professional, with a special interest in the retail industry. Having always been interested in the people side of business, Kristen loves to explore, reflect on, and share stories about the challenges and adventures of being a businesswoman. No topic is off limits - whether it's how to handle being the only woman in the boardroom, or figuring out how to to pack all the "essentials" for a 2-week business trip in just a carry-on! Outside of work, she loves exploring new places, spending time at the beach and meeting friends to workout (spin or yoga, anyone?!).