There were many, many times where I have thoughts about just giving up on life and accepting my role in society as an average joe. Many times where I have envisioned my future and have been scared by how little has changed from the life that I am living today.
There have also been many times where I have thought about just giving up on my dreams of inspiring others, and just giving up on my blog. Yes, my mind has contemplated giving up on a lot of things on a lot of different occasions.
Somehow, though, through it all, I am still here. I am still kicking, still fighting, still trying to scratch and claw my way towards my goals. While it’s not always easy, I want to share with you how I stopped myself from giving up on life.
Using Comparison As A Tool
Comparison is the thief of all joy. That is, of course, if you don’t know how to use comparison to your advantage.
I compare myself to others probably more frequently than I contemplate giving up. But instead of becoming envious of others for the things that they have that I don’t have, I use comparison as a tool to help motivate me. I look at somebody else’s life, look at what they have achieved, and realize that they are no different than me. Just like those who have achieved the things that they dream of achieving, I too have every ability to achieve all of the things that I dream of as well.
I am not motivated all the time no matter how much I compare myself to others. And yes, there are still times where the thought of just giving up and calling it quits still crosses my mind. Why? Because it would be easier to give up then it would be to face my struggles.
But here’s the scoop. Just like I use comparison to help motivate me, I also use it to help me from giving up when motivation is running scarce. Let me explain.
How I Stopped Myself From Giving Up On Life
I am a fan of success stories. I like reading and hearing about other individuals overcoming endless amounts of hardship and failure, and finally achieve everything that they set out for. This is honestly what motivates me more than anything and ultimately what stops me from giving up on myself.
As I read and hear the success stories of others, I often wonder what that person’s life would have looked like had then have given up. What would have happened if they had quit right before success found its way to them? How did they manage to make it from their version of rock bottom to their version of successful?
Through all of the stories that I read, hear, or see, there is one similarity that they all have, and that is time. Any success story that we hear about takes time to write. It may be over the course of months for some, years for others, heck, it might even take decades to write that story. But one thing is for certain, if any of the individuals that I see and hear about would have given up, I would not be admiring their story.
Finding Strength From Within
Every time that I think about giving up on myself, I look at my own life and the goals that I have for myself, and I am reminded of what happens to those who follow their dreams and to those who never give up. I am reminded of the fact that as long as I never lose sight of my dreams, then I too will have a success story of my own.
Comparing my life to the life of others almost acts as a reassurance for me. I look at other individuals, look at their success, and I think to myself, “Wow, how did that person overcome all of the hardship that they endured and become successful?” The answer, they never gave up. It doesn’t what somebody might be successful in, they achieve success because they followed their dreams and never gave up no matter how long it took. Eventually, their hard work and dedication paid off.
And while I may not be able to control the length of time that it takes for me to achieve my dreams, as long as I keep true to myself and give my dreams everything that I have, then I have all the faith in the world that they will eventually become my reality. I know what I am capable of achieving, I know what I want to achieve, and as long as I follow my dreams, then I will succeed.
What Does This Mean For You?
It means don’t give up. No matter what you do, never, ever give up on yourself. Look at the lives of the people who you admire the most and realize how quickly one’s life can change when they keep pushing with every ounce of energy.
Ask yourself how those individuals have achieved the success that they have in life? The answer will always be because they worked hard and never gave up no matter what obstacle tried to stand in their way.
Nobody ever achieves success through giving up on themselves. If you are feeling down, take a look at those who you admire the most and follow in their footsteps. Look at all they have accomplished and realize that you too can achieve your version of success, just as long as you don’t give up. You never know when success will find its way to you, but if you give up on yourself, you can be certain that it never will.
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