This post was written by Gbemileke Sonde, a motivational blogger and writer.
“When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.” – Roy T. Bennett
It is our lifetime dream to be someone great in life.
Some of us want to build a successful business, attain high positions at work, have a huge amount of money in the bank and so on. That makes us pursue some skills that will enhance us to make our dream a reality. Such activities include getting a degree, starting up a business, learning a new skill, depriving yourself of sleep at night and devoting most of your time to your project, and more.
But to our amazement, things get harder and it seems our efforts are not yielding a positive result. The only alternative we have then is to give up.
Maybe you doubt yourself and ask yourself whether you have what it takes to succeed. You might be thinking: ‘I got to end this now and quit, rather than continue making a fool of myself’.
Self-doubt pops up in your mind and hopelessness starts to take over. It happens to all of us. But remember that tough times never last, but tough people do.
Why You Should Never Give Up on Yourself
1. You are bigger than your temptation.
It might seem like the world has turned against you, and all you can see is a series of problems, circumstances and challenges.
But this is a trial period. You must never faint, never lose hope in yourself, never give in to temptations. They exist now to make you stronger, to help you become a real man, to make you braver and more courageous.
Believe in yourself, remember those times in your life that you faced certain challenges and how you overcame them. Reinforce those visions in your mind now. Develop the mindset of ‘I can do this’ and ‘I will do that’.
2. It’s all in your head.
No matter the challenges you are going through now, what would determine whether you win or lose is your mindset.
That’s your mentality, what you believe in, what you stand for. If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t.
Your word, together with your belief system, is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
No matter what you are going through – have this in mind: You are the captain of your soul, the creator of your destiny.
You can decide on how to respond to challenges, you might not have the power to control things that happens to you, but you have the power to control how you would react and respond to them.
3. Life is not meant to be easy.
Do you think life is easy? I guess not.
Life is enthusiastic for those who are prepared for any stone life throws at them. To get a better life, the one you’ve dreamt about for long, you need to fight for it.
There are over 7 billion people in the universe and every individual is fighting for survival. You have your own fight, so don’t give up on yourself.
Giving up means telling yourself you are not competent of handling circumstances. By this negative self-talk, you accept defeat before it’s actually happened.
4. The storm is almost over.
If you could realize where you are now and where you have come to reach your goal, you would persist more, endure more and continue on your journey to success.
If Thomas Edison decided to quit after 9,999 attempt failed, he would not have succeeded inventing a light bulb.
No success goes without its own hardship and no achievement without failure, and its own story to tell.
“Everything is OKAY in the end. If it is not OK, then its not the end”.
5. Doing the same thing daily.
To succeed in your endeavors, success requires doing the same thing day in and day out. Not once, not twice; but everyday.
You can’t be a guitarist today and tomorrow decide to become a violinist. You have to stick to a profession and learn the ins and outs of it.
All successful people are known for one thing. Football hero Lionel Messi is well-known for his talent on the field. Steve Job was the founder of Apple.
Even though you are yet to achieve your expected result and feel like quitting already, don’t.
An athlete trains daily to stay in shape.
A blogger who wants to be successful must be consistent with blog posting, comments on other blog, guest posting to gain exposure and backlinks, promoting blog content, etc. This will not yield expected results once, but continuously. Doing this will help in the growth of one’s site, brand and – ultimately – business.
If you are not persistent in what you are doing, there are others folks who are working restlessly to achieve their dream. How would you be able to beat them?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It was built brick by brick. Success doesn’t come overnight, it comes through hard work, patience and endurance.