We never have to give up

Do not give up: 7 reasons why you must not give up now and why you should definitely keep going

by Tim Reichel

You don't feel like it anymore.

On learning. To the next exam. To your studies. On everything.

You feel bad and your situation just sucks. It just doesn't make sense to you anymore. You would like to give up now and give up everything; start a new chapter and leave all that shit behind.

Everyone knows these phases in which everything grows over our heads and it feels infinitely difficult to continue. If you are at this point, then I have something for you: an extra helping of motivation.


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Don't give up - it's worth going on!

There are two types of students: those who are frustrated with any headwind and give up immediately, and the others who bravely face new challenges and bite through. You are of the second kind. You are not the type to give up - otherwise you would not read these lines and deal with your studies at this level.

Nevertheless, it is quite normal that you have to struggle with a low motivation every now and then and are full of doubts. That is just part of it. But instead of letting it get you down and paint the sails, you have to move on. Against all odds.

Here are 7 reasons that speak for it:


# 1 You've already mastered more difficult situations

In major stressful situations, we perceive our situation to be much worse and more depressing than it really is. Small difficulties then act like insurmountable, life-threatening obstacles; even if - viewed objectively - they are hardly worth mentioning.

What then helps is to distance yourself. Think back for a moment and ask yourself: “Is my current situation really that bad?” Remind yourself which hurdles you have already overcome and which problems you have already been able to solve.


# 2 You will grow with your assignments

Nobody is born an absolute master of their trade - we first have to work for and earn our success. Everyone goes through this development process.

For you this means: Just because your task is difficult for you doesn't mean that you won't be able to do it. You will grow with your task and develop all the necessary skills. What is difficult for you now will be easy for you later.


# 3 You have achieved a lot already

No matter what project we are working on or what challenge we are facing: the most difficult step is to start. And the second hardest step is the one that comes after you start.

The longer we deal with something, the better we become and the easier it is for us to work. Therefore, make yourself aware of how much you've already achieved and that the trickiest part is already behind you. If you give up now, you'll throw it all away.


# 4 You may just need a little break

Before you retire exhausted and giving up becomes a concrete option for you, you should simply let your work rest for a moment and take a short break.

This will give you new strength and a new perspective. Especially when we have to dig into complex problems, we quickly get lost and lose our motivation in entrenched lines of thought. With a break, we loosen up the whole thing and find new solutions.


# 5 You're closer to your goal than you think

Our work often seems bigger and more difficult than it actually is. If we proceed too perfectionistically and take care of every detail, the big, overarching goal quickly gets out of focus.

So make yourself constantly aware of what exactly your goal is and how you will get there. Which steps are absolutely necessary and which are only decorative accessories? This way you make it clear to yourself that you have come astonishingly close to your goal.


#6 You do it for you

Why are you studying Because that's how you want it! You study for yourself - because you have decided that it is right for you. You're not doing any of this for your parents, not for society, or for anyone else. Only for you.

And that's why you owe it to yourself to keep going. You have to at least try and do your best with all your might. Otherwise you will get angry in 5 years and ask: "Why did I give up so quickly back then?"


# 7 You deserve to be successful

Many people give up because they don't trust themselves enough and don't allow themselves to be successful. I find a healthy dose of modesty quite likeable, but that's not the point here.

This is about you - about you and your future. And it should be as good as it is somehow possible. You can be successful and if you don't give up now and keep going, you will be successful too!


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We have all been in situations where we wanted nothing more than to give up; just let the matter rest and discard it as a valuable experience.

But if you remember back and are honest with yourself, it was always precisely these uncomfortable, difficult situations in which you outgrew yourself. You gritted your teeth and carried on.

Giving up would have been easier and more enjoyable, but you fought and it made you stronger.

The next time you're completely unmotivated and about to do something, remember how strong-willed and determined you are. Take a look at the 7 reasons above and make it clear to yourself that you have enough strength to keep going. You will thank yourself later.


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