At the start of this year, and every year, I create a theme. For 2019, I have declared I will “advance without hesitation” My mantra: ”Be brave, be bold, be fierce, be focused, be fabulous.”

I have to tell you, like everyone else, it ain’t easy 19 days into the new year when you run right up against something that has you questioning if you can really go another step, and hesitation is all you feel. Giving up becomes easier than pressing forward.

So what’s a girl to do? Fall down, retreat, reconsider, fail? Hell no! This is when you find out what it means to advance without hesitation. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

It is up to you to leap and soar into your greatness. You must never tire of your quest to go for your dreams.

A few years ago I wrote a book, Hustle! Why Now is the Time to Unleash your Passions. I defined hustling as taking action before the perfect conditions arises, before we have received permission, before it appears reasonable and before others anticipate our next move.

We make nothing of ourselves, nor do we create anything significant, unless we are prepared to hustle and take action now.

Let’s be honest and brave in assessing our lives and ask ourselves, “How hard am I really working toward my dream? Am I letting little obstacles stop my progress, or am I battling through them on a consistent basis? Am I acting with real conviction and commitment in life, or simply trudging through it? Have I struggled to succeed in any area of my life because I failed to sacrifice or commit? If we have real dreams, then we must hustle for them. For the sake of our dreams and the results, we must remain hungry, ambitious, and courageous.

When you are squarely committed to seeing your passion through to the realization of a dream come true, there is little time to waste. You cannot afford to grow tired or stall. You must commit to staying focused, staying in the flow and believing in yourself.

Henry David Thoreau puts this so eloquently: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

You can’t even imagine what awaits you, if you just don’t give up. That next best thing could be right around the corner.  Take one more step and trust and believe. Stay focused on your dream and positioned in your purpose. Do whatever it takes to stay in the hustle and chase your desires. It’s up to you to keep striving and serving the highest purpose for your talents, gifts, and your life.

Darieth Chisolm is a visibility and multi-media strategist who coaches women to become confident and outrageously successful. She is also a cyber harassment activist through her organization 50 Shades of Silence.