Life isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. Most of us have gone through and endured countless hardships. Whether it be that you’ve lost your job, failed an important test or lost a loved one, it can get harder and harder to not feel like giving up and to keep telling yourself that “Everything happens for a reason.”
We all have days where we don’t feel like getting out of bed and getting things done. However, what happens if that feeling never leave us for weeks or even months? What to do when we feel like we’ve lost purpose in life and to just give it all up, whether it’s in our career, education or relationships?
To quote Thomas Edison, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Hence, here are some things you can remind yourself every time you feel like giving up.
Go Back to Your “Why”
Life happens and sometimes, with so many goals and so many thoughts in your mind, you may end up losing track on why you pursued that course or why you applied for that job in the first place. Thus, you end up feeling lost and questioning yourself and the decisions you’ve made.
Perhaps, you used to have this vision in mind on how your future will look like or where you see yourself going in the next 10 years. However, now, that vision is slowly going blurry. It is time for you to get back that clarity and remind yourself on why you started your journey. A small step you can take is by revisiting your “Why” every 90 days to ensure that you stay on track with what you want to achieve and lost yourself again.
Discomfort Is Only Temporary
In life, things will not always be peaches and roses. Having to overcome obstacles and hurdles are all part of the journey. As the saying goes, “Nothing worthwhile comes easily.” If we were to compare our lives now to 400 years ago, human did not have the luxury of the internet, food in grocery stores or even a secure home to live in. However, nowadays, we whine about things such as forgetting our charger.
To start changing your perspective on those challenges, you can start by reminding yourself that nearly any habit or activities that you do have a time stamp. That workout you’re doing will end in an hour. That essay you have to write will be done by tomorrow morning. That report you have to send in by next week will be forgotten after that. Maintain that perspective. Remember that you are doing great and whatever that is bringing you discomfort is only temporary.
You Will Never Regret Getting Work Done
It’s a common misconception where we want to have huge goals, we want to achieve big things, we want to be valued and respected, but more often than not, we want them the easy way. We want the end result but not the struggles and multiple failed attempts that comes with it.
Everyone wants to win in life but only few will actually work hard for it. Nevertheless, try asking yourself, have you ever regretted or felt terrible after successfully finishing that work? While there will be days where you find it difficult to get yourself out of bed, but at the end of the day, you will surely feel a sense of fulfillment after a long day of hard work. Any small victories are worth celebrating.
Celebrate Your Small Victories
In the hustle and bustle of life, we tend to forget to stop and smell the roses. In addition, we also forget to celebrate the small victories we’ve achieved, whether it be in our career, education or personal development.
Life is a constant balance between overcoming the hardships and reveling over the success you’ve achieved after. Each of our lives are so short compared to the age of the world, hence, our happiness and sense of joy lies delicately within that balance. No matter how small or miniscule your achievements may be, be proud of where you came from and how far you’ve come. Soak up each drop of that accomplishment and make the best out of every moment in your life.
The next time you feel like giving up again, try asking yourself if you’ve done everything in your power to make your life or situation a tad bit better. Maximise any opportunity you get and until you feel that sense of contentment, keep going because there is still so much potential in you that you have not discovered.