One of the most important rules regarding success is that you can’t give up easily. There are always obstacles to overcome, and if you give up too soon, you’ll never get anywhere.
Think about the least and most successful people you know. The successful people you know are probably very perseverant. They give up on practically nothing. Unsuccessful people give up quite easily.
When the going gets tough, there are things you can do instead of giving up:
1. Take a break.
Sometimes the best thing to do when things don’t seem to be going your way is to take a break. A break might mean taking an hour, a day, or a week away from your goals to catch your breath and regain a more effective perspective.
2. Get advice.
When something isn’t working, the advice of an expert can be extremely helpful. It’s possible that your approach just requires a little tweaking. Or it might be that your approach is more than a little wrong. Advice from the right person can make a big difference.
If nothing is working, it might be time to sit down and educate yourself on what you’re trying to accomplish. A little more knowledge might be the cure for your current struggles. Enhance your expertise and then apply what you learn.
4. Develop a new plan.
Perhaps it’s time for a new approach. When one plan isn’t working, another plan might be the solution. It’s important not to give up too soon on your current methods, but it doesn’t help you at all if you try to stick it out for too long once it becomes obvious that it isn’t working.
5. Try harder.
Everyone thinks they’re working extremely hard, but few people actually are. The solution to your challenge might be to double your efforts and grind. This isn’t necessarily enjoyable, but the most successful people are highly effective at employing this tactic.
6. Rekindle your motivation.
Are you simply losing your motivation? There are ways around that!
○ Create a vision board.
○ Visualize yourself being successful.
○ Make a list of all the benefits you’ll receive when you reach your goal.
○ Speak with someone and ask for a pep talk.
○ Listen to music or watch a movie that inspires you.
7. Determine why you want to give up.
Are you tired? Are you short of a particular resource such as time, money, or another set of hands? Is it taking too long? Are you confused?
○ Determine the cause of why you want to give up and look for a solution that resolves the issue.
8. Get support.
It might be time to call your friends and family for a little emotional support. Everyone needs some encouragement once in a while. Be willing to lean on others when necessary. The people that care about you the most would be happy to help.
9. Set a new target.
There are times that a goal isn’t suitable or possible. In those cases, set a new target that’s appealing and motivating. No one makes perfect choices all of the time. The real crime is to stick with a poor choice when it isn’t necessary.
Giving up is common among average people, but who wants to be average? Not you! Rather than give up when you become frustrated or stressed, use one of the above strategies and stay in the game.
You can’t win if you don’t play!
Most people would be significantly more successful if they wouldn’t give up so quickly. Learning how to deal effectively with the urge to quit is an important skill to develop. There are plenty of better options than giving up.
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