At some point in your life, you will feel like giving up. You might feel like giving up right on the verge of success, or you might feel like giving up before you’ve even started something. Either way, perseverance is everything – so before you start thinking of giving up, try these 4 strategies:
1) Limit your social media dependence
Not only can social media become a huge time-waster when it comes to achieving your dreams and goals, but it can also demotivate you. The more time you spend scrolling through other people’s lives on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, the more you tend to compare your life and progress to that of other people. This can make you feel like giving up. Use those hours to focus on yourself and work on your own goals instead and remember that everyone’s journey is unique.
2) Remind yourself why you started
When the going gets tough, stop to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Think back to the beginning, when your idea kept you awake at night, and all you could think of was this specific project or path. Don’t get stuck in the details. Remember the “why”. This will help you to get your motivation back.
3) Take a short break
Often, when you feel like you want to give up, you are close to making a huge breakthrough. Remember: It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve your dreams. Don’t make the mistake of giving up when you’re nearly there. Try this: Leave your desk early, go for a walk, and clear your head. The short break might just be exactly what you need to give you the energy to carry on.
4) Do something that scares you
Sometimes, the real reason for quitting is a lack of belief that you can actually do it. You need to show yourself you are capable of achieving something. Do something that scares you, take a risk, and remind yourself what you are capable of. You can do this! Believe in yourself!
Thinking of quitting your studies? Chat to an Oxbridge Academy Student Advisor instead! He or she will help you to find the motivation you need to get back on track with your academic and career goals.