When it seems hardest, just keep going.

There’s a skill we all need – which is to know when to start and when to stop. Or even when to push ahead and when to quit. If there was a special formula involved to help distinguish between the two, there would be a lot fewer failures and missteps along the way for many of us. Sadly, there is no special formula.

While there is a universality to the human condition, every person experiences things differently and brings different emotion, truth and understanding to bear on their own unique, yet similar, situation.

The truth for me though is that it pays to push ahead. I think in most situations, we have a tendency to want to quit far ahead of the game. We want to cave with all the weariness in our bones and souls because it is quicker, it is easier and it puts an end to things. But here are some reasons for why you should keep going.

1. You’ve put in all that hard work. It seems arbitrary and shortlived to just quit right now.

It is supposed to be hard and an uphill climb. If it weren’t, would the rewards seem all that better?

2. You know you can do just that little bit more.

The truth you know inside you is that you have a little bit more to give and you would not feel good about yourself later, if you caved. The relief would be short-lived and sometimes, once you’ve gone down that road, you can’t turn back. So, why not make it through just one more round?

3. It’s the journey, not the destination.

When you signed up for that task, you knew that the journey was just as important for you as the destination. Somewhere inside, you understood what was involved and giving up now would cheat you of the gains from the journey you need to be on.

4. You’re a lot tougher than you think.

Come on. You know it’s just a temporary setback you face. So why cave? Sit it out. Sleep on it. Take a break. Do whatever you need to, but come back to it. You will be glad you did later.

5. It gets easier as time goes by and as you flex that muscle.

Yes, repetition helps. You will only understand the true meaning when you embark on that journey. Sometimes, words really remain words on a page until you transform the words into your own experience and make it yours.

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About rowena morais

Media Communications and Editorial Specialist. With my strong professional network of contacts, I help individuals and organisations, particularly those within Human Resource and Technology, strengthen their skill-base and brand through compelling writing, beautiful design, content marketing and publishing. Let's talk.

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