This week:  The Difference between Giving up and Surrender – When It Comes to Your Intention: Are You on the Verge of an Entrepreneurial Breakthrough?

As an entrepreneur, you may not even realize you’re on the verge of a breakthrough until the moment comes when you must decide whether to give up on your intention.

On a recent video, I talked about the power of intention, an idea originally made popular by spiritual teachers like Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle. Put simply, it’s about setting an intention, taking action toward that intention, acting as though your intention is delivered, and then surrendering, knowing you’ve done everything you can to get the results you want.

The episode was really popular, getting 305 shares and 780 Facebook “likes”!




Since it aired, I’ve also heard from lots of people wanting to know the difference between giving up and surrender. It’s a great question, because really, the 2 are very distinct things with very different qualities.

Giving up is admitting defeat, right? Think about your tone of voice, the emotion behind it, when you throw your hands up and say, “I give up!”

You’re frustrated and exasperated, right?

But when you surrender, there is peace to it. There is a sense of calm acceptance.

When you set your intention, you must continue taking action toward it while also surrendering to the knowledge that it will happen. Know, with peace, that it will happen.


Knowing With Peace That It Will Happen


I’ve experienced this in my own life, and I’ve seen my coaching clients experience it as well: The time you are most tempted to give up is the time you are right on the verge of a breakthrough.

So I implore you, don’t give up! Stick with it.

You’re on the verge of a miracle – wait for it.

I want to hear from you: Have you ever faced the choice about whether to give up? What did you do? Did you experience a breakthrough? Have you chosen to surrender? What happened? Post your comments below!





Bernadette Doyle: Hello and welcome to Bernadette TV, online TV to help you be the best you can be in your business and your life. Now recently we did an episode of Bernadette TV called The Power of Intention and it really struck a chord with so many of you. In fact on Facebook it was shared 285 times and 730 people liked it and it also brought up some questions. A couple of you asked, “Bernadette what is the difference between giving up and surrender?” And so that’s what we’re going to be covering on this week’s episode.

What’s the difference between surrender and giving up? Well, I think these two have very different qualities because when you give up it really is like you’re admitting defeat and if you think about it when you say, “I give up,” there’s that sense of frustration and exasperation, whereas surrendering is very different. Surrendering has more peace to it, it’s calmer and there’s much more around acceptance. So you can surrender without giving up. In fact, you know, I always think of the prisoners of war when I think about this. Prisoners of war have surrendered but they didn’t give up. They didn’t give up hope; they didn’t give up hope of getting home, of being reunited with their families, or even of escaping, or the war coming to an end. So there’s a very big difference between surrendering and giving up.

Now the other thing I want to say about giving up is in my own life and also in the times that I’ve been coaching people through big breakthroughs in their business, I have noticed that the time when you are most tempted to give up is right before a breakthrough. So if there’s something you’ve been working on that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time and you’re really getting to the point where you’re like, I just want to give up. That my friend is, you are right on the moment of a breakthrough. So my urge to today, heart to heart, I want to say to you, “Don’t give up just stick with it that little bit longer and wait for the miracle because I promise you are on the verge of a miracle you are on the verge of a breakthrough.” So I hope that’s touched you. I felt inspired to share that message today.

I know there’s someone today that really needs to hear those words of encouragement and that’s it for Bernadette TV. If you like this please come on over to my blog. Share a comment, share your experience of the difference between surrendering and giving up and I look forward to seeing you on the next episode of Bernadette TV.

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