I hope you find the reasons to keep going in your darkest hour.
Life seems to be synonymous with troubles, but they are not all bad.
The problems of life make us sturdy and teach us to be worthy champions in the very art of living.
The reason to keep going when times are hard means persevering and continuing to make progress or push forward despite facing difficulties, challenges, or setbacks. It’s about maintaining determination, resilience, and a positive mindset in the face of adversity. Rather than giving up or succumbing to despair, it involves finding the strength to keep moving forward, staying focused on your goals, and taking steps, no matter how small, toward overcoming obstacles.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN LIFE?
What are you doing in life? Why are you here? These are some questions you must find answers to, to move forward in life even if life is tough for you. These questions can serve as the anchor to help stabilize you and keep you focus.
Sometimes, to mop up the strength to go through life’s stumbling blocks, you have to find and discover a reason for doing what you do in life.
That is, a reason why you wake up in the morning and go out to meet life in its own terms.
Some of these reasons could be the ability to provide the best things for your family. It may also be answering a call to serve in your local church or even in the military.
Other purposes could be, providing a health solution to a dreaded ailment or simply adding flavor and happiness to an orphan in Africa or Asia.
What you do in life may be tied to your purpose and mission in life.
So it must be something strong enough to engage you and propel you forward in life.
And it must be strong enough to wake you up in the morning to go out and make your dreams happen.
Throughout history we have seen people who have answered such calls to service and have set out to find their WHY- the reason for their existence and why they do what they are doing in life
When you find yourself in a rut or are being stuck in the grind, life can be drab and boring to go through every day.
At this point you are of the opinion that you are stagnated and nothing is working.
I have found myself in such a situation many times and I must say it is not the best state to be in.
As this could lead to mental health and depression.
Two obviously silent evil that has sent many to untimely death.
THE POWER OF NOT GIVING UP
The power of not giving up is that ability you have inside you to persevere and keep going during hard times.
You cannot afford to let life run roughshod on you without giving a fight, the power to keep going is what will bring success your way and make you win.
It is a profound fact that no one is tested beyond their capacity.
Every situation you face in life is within your capacity to handle.
However, attachment to the problem, doubt and tension are hindrances to our ability to handle problems.
That is why the ability to keep calm in a tough situation is a skill on its own.
You can learn through experiences and learn several survival skills whose application can help you increase your survivability in a world of chaos.
Some of these skills have been treated in my post finally inner peace is possible in your heart.
HOW TO NOT GIVE UP WHEN THINGS ARE HARD
Most people give up too easily when confronted with obstacles.
If you are that person you need to overhaul yourself and save yourself from the bug that can stop you in your stride this lifetime.
Develop the zeal to fight and stand up to the 100-foot Gorilla.
Sometimes before you receive what you are asking the universe for, you will be tested by it to prove you are capable of handling whatever it is sending your way.
Be it money, a better job or business opportunities, a new home and even a spouse.
We are going to look at some tips on how to not give when things get hard:
- Always Remember that You Are Being Tested
Always remember that life is a school and there will always be an exam. Each time you are faced with hardship remember this.
Unless you pass the exam you won’t grow and move to the next stage or class and you will keep repeating that class.
Giving up is admitting you are not fit to live in life.
Even if you find a way to shortcut the system life will still catch up with you.
Examples are lottery winners, most of them ended up poorer than they were before they won the lottery.
However, the focus here is not to give up when challenges and obstacles bedeviled you.
- Practice More Than Everyone Else
Most times we failed because we don’t stay long with the problems. We quit at any little sign of obstacles. Unfortunately, you will keep quitting if you are that person.
The antidote to this is staying put and practicing. Practice they say makes perfect.
If you practice to get better at something over time you will be the best at it. That is the idea behind the 10,000 hours rule.
We have seen the act of practice work in sport, academics, voice training, musical instruments practice, space travel and so on.
- Use Visualization Technique to Help you Through the hard times
Visualization is one of the most powerful technique any one can use during tough times.
This involves making a picture in your imagination about the desire situation you want.
Doing this and putting yourself in the state fulfilled will help attract the condition you desire and pull you through the hard times.
- Go Out And Be Volunteer
Volunteering means giving off yourself to some worthy cause.
When you become a volunteer you are giving service to others and life.
This can remove your attention from yourself and your problems. And when your attention is shifted away from the problems, the solution can sneak in to your conscious mind.
Have you ever found yourself in a stubborn situation that tested you beyond your elastic limit, but at the end you persevere and force the circumstance to yield to your superior powers?
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Consequences Of Giving Up
There are a huge consequences of giving up during tough times. Extraordinary people take on their task head on, especially the difficult ones.
Ordinary and mediocre people look for excuses not to do the things that are necessary to make their lives extraordinary.
The problem with this is that you remain stuck in a particular position when you always avoid or give up on what needs to be done to take your life to the next level.
People who do this will never reach their full potential in life and never hope to achieve anything.
This is one of the singular reasons why you should stop making excuses and look for ways to tackle the unpleasant but important tasks.
Before embarking on the arduous task of writing this note to you. I kept postponing sitting down to write this article.
Today I would say tomorrow and when tomorrow comes, I will say tomorrow again.
I know I should be writing and coming up with contents for my blog, but laziness and procrastination is a great hindrance.
After 3 weeks of getting stuck, I stopped making excuses and coming up with reasons to avoiding writing, because I know that the consequences would lead to a lose to my traffic and eventually poverty.
I had to force myself to sit down and craft some sentences on a piece of paper.
However, it was difficult at first since I had not written for a while. But once I overcame the inertia, my creative juice started flowing again.
If you neglect to tackle a small situation due to fear, it will grow bigger and more difficult the next time you attempt to do something about it.
Your personal life is about self and spiritual development where you need to make effort to grow above your limitations every day.
This is so because you are always up against your body resistance- the body wants to lie down and sleep, make merry and do nothing.
But to achieve anything significant you must get up and do what needs to be done and sometimes it takes time to have a grasp of the problem and come up with the right solutions.
The good thing is that whatever problem you handle, you grow in confidence and your ability and skills to handle bigger challenges increases.
To get to this level you must kill the habits of making excuses and giving up easily.
The feeling of checking things out of your life’s list is an exhilarating one and gives a sense of forward movement in life.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT KEEP YOU GOING?
What are some things that keep you going when you seem not to find a ray of hope in the horizon.
QUITTER’S DON’T WIN
If you always quit when you meet tough times, you are not fit to live in this world.
Living in this world is about the survival of the soul- the essence of the creator in you.
If you quit and run away from problems, you have let yourself down.
This is the first step to inviting frustration and unhappiness and unworthiness to your life.
The joy of living is wrapped up in the knowingness that you are always working toward something- a better life, and making the world a better place.
The hardship keeps us focused as we look for dream killers and the portholes of life.
This attention to detail helps us remain active.
Report had it that the New Jersey Turn pike is one of the most beautiful road networks in the world and easily one of the best.
Every day, people perish and meet their waterloo on that road by accident.
Why is it so when the road is so smooth and free from port holes?
Drivers often go to sleep on the wheel because the road posses no challenges.
When there are no obstacles in life and life is so easy, our survivability factor atrophy and life becomes drab as there is nothing interesting to live for.
The very awareness that you are a quitter and loser sends your self-esteem crashing down.
What is life if you can’t put your talent to good use.
This makes the cut of my first reason to keep going when nothing is working.
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FAMILY AND FRIENDS DEPEND ON YOU
This definitely is another reason to keep going when times are hard.
Know that you have your family rooting for you. You can not afford to let them down.
The love and support of a spouse and the motivation of giving your kids the best life can offer is enough reason to keep going until you crack the code of success.
Also remember you are the first role model and idol you kids see and know.
Therefore, giving up and coming home to sit on the couch watching television all day might destroy their future.
When nothing in life is working as they sometimes would.
It could be one of many reasons, including finding new ideas and applying them to a new project.
You may need to talk to someone who has traveled the path before to gain a new perspective on how they surmounted the difficulty.
You may also need to pivot and start a new project.
Whatever it is you are not permitted to give up on yourself.
The least you can do is to rest and come back stronger.
Discuss the challenges with your spouse or best friend their opinion and support could spur you on during the hard times and help you come up with smarter ideas
TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO
This is the title of a book by legendary Author, Robert Schuller.
This title is appropriate here as one of the reasons to keep going when times are tough.
Rob Schuller himself told about how the principles in the book helped many families and Americans at large bounce back from failure during the great depression in the 1930s.
And although every event and situation in life has a time scale or time line if you like.
They naturally disappear after you learned the lesson it came to teach you.
However, between the problem and you who is going to bulk first and run away?
When fighting a 100-foot Gorilla you don’t give up until the Gorilla is tired.
Develop the perseverance to be the last man standing during difficult times.
This means you are not permitted to run away at every sight of obstacles.
Give yourself the benefit of the doubt, stand up to your fears and worries they will dissipate leaving you stronger.
YOU HAVE TO FULFILL YOUR LIFE MISSION AND PURPOSE
When you come into this life in this incarnation you have an agreement with God, Infinite Intelligence, the Force, or the Universe, depending on what you know and accept as the creator of life, to fulfill a certain purpose and mission before your life here is over.
I am sorry to say there is no manual that will tell you what this mission is.
You have to find it, pursue it and work on it even if it takes the last drop of you breathe.
Fortunately, our purpose is interwoven with the normal things we do in our daily lives and on a day to day basis.
This could be being the best employee in your workplace, and being a better father to your children and a good husband to your wife.
Your mission could be traveling to a less fortunate neighbourhood and making life better for the kids living there.
Remember you cannot fulfill your purpose if you always collapse in face of obstacles.
THINGS ALWAYS GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER
A Bible verse says ‘’weeping will endure throughout the night but joy comes in the morning’’
When the cycle of a particular difficulty is coming to an end, things usually peak and the problem becomes the hottest, if you hold on the worst would pass away and calm returns.
This is true with desert storms, hurricane or tornadoes.
After they peaked, calm returned in the wake of large-scale destruction.
Always remember this, when the problem is at its highest peak, that is when you should persevere.
This is because a new cycle is on its way to replace the expired situation leaving you a better person.
Like rough gold which has to go through the furnace of heat to become refined and pure gold.
If you look at many great companies and great men, you would notice the same pattern in their stories.
Abraham Lincoln had to fail many times before he became the President of the United.
Thomas Edison failed 1000 times before he succeeded in building the light bulb.
Michael Jordan was looked over by the Coach in his Sophomore year at the University. He went on to be the greatest basketball player in history.
Coca Cola sold only 25 bottles in its first year and was written off. Today it’s the biggest beverage company in the world.
From the foregoing you can see that failure is part of the process of winning.
From Steve Job, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Steve Spielberg, J.K Rowling and Walt Disney. They all have a bumpy road to success.
I hope these 5 reasons to keep going when nothing is working would spice up and add verve to your life as you go out and do your best to make life worthwhile while we are still here on earth.
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