7 Ways to Persist When Everything in You Wants to Give Up

7 Ways to Persist When Everything in You Wants to Give Up
From Recruiter - September 6, 2016

Article by Sonia Thompson

Have you ever felt like your lungs were going to explode?

Thats what it felt like during my hike up Machu Picchu.

The ancient city sits more than 2,400 meters above sea level, and my group eagerly started climbing just after 5 AM.I ended up alone, behind the group, with more than 1,100 meters left to go.

I never imagined the journey would be so difficult (evidenced by the shoes I chose to wear). I worked out regularly, but that didnt prepare me for the altitude. I couldnt seem to get enough air.

I wanted to give up. My body was begging me to stop. My weary mind wanted to follow suit.

But I persisted. And I made it to the toplungs and heart intact.

Here are the seven things that helped me stay motivatedthat day when everything in me wanted to quit. If you find yourself in a situation where you want to give up, these lessons can help you, too:

1. Ignore Everyone Else

Atthe beginning of the climb, I only saw the people passing me. Every time I saw someone hiking with ease, I felt bad about myself. But when I stopped comparing everyone elses journey to my own, I began to focus on my own mission and how I was going to achieve it.

As you work toward your dream, it can be easy to get distracted when you see others achieving their goals more easily, more quickly, or more effectively than you are. It can make you feel inadequate and unsatisfied with your own progress. But when it comes to conquering a goal, whats happening with others is irrelevant when it detracts from your ability to move forward.

When tackling a difficult task, you need every ounce of energy you can muster. Make sure to channel it to a place that will propel you forward.

2. Become Your Own Biggest Supporter

When I started the hike, I wasnt alone. But within 10 minutes, I was behind and all by myself.At first, I was frustrated my companions abandoned me in my time of need.

Then I realized my burden wasnt theirs to bear.

Although it can be energizing to have others around to motivate and support you, having them there is a luxury, not a requirement. That lesson allowed me to turn inward and find in myself the strength and determination to keep going. I began to encourage and high-five myself with every step.

Sometimes, you have to walk alone on the road to success. If you find yourself in that position, find a way to give yourself what you need to continue.

3. Stop and Appreciate the Little Things

I began the hike before the sun was up. As I continued to climb, it started to peek around the mountain, giving glimpses of the beauty all around me. It was magical. During the catch-my-breath breaks, I marveled at the privilege of seeing nature in all her beauty. In those moments, I gave no thought to my struggle. I was too busy being grateful for being right there.


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