Never Give Up
Never Give Up Day was first observed on 18th August 2019.From then on it is celebrated every year. Local entrepreneurs in Belgium authorized the inauguration of this commemoration day. Never Give Up Day coincides with the achievement of French swimmer Phillippe Croizon, who was able to swim in the oceans, connecting five continents with courage and determination. Back in 2012 he completed the swim using custom-made fins. The swimmer who lost all of his limbs in an electrocution accident hoped his accomplishments would inspire other with disabilities.
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Phillipe was inspired by someone else’s achievement. This is exactly what shapes the spirit of this day, where people get inspired by the achievement and contribution of outstanding people whose life’s stories encourage them to continue fighting and never give up. This day is about cultivating a mindset of determination, to help us get through all of the difficult challenges that life throws our way. It’s about motivating others, inspiring ourselves and remembering that even in hard times, we can keep going.
The attitude of never giving up brings to mind the famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr. – “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” It is this attitude that has provided solutions to countless obstacles. On every aspect of life when you move forward with this thought you achieve things that are beyond your imaginations. For those who do not give up, it is not just about what is at the end of the goal, it is aboutbreaking limitations that build up within you each day.
It is easy to write about the attitude of never giving up. When you are subjectively involved in your pursuit,these words would not look so glamorous. At ground zero with your anxieties, confusions, obstacles, in short all that stand between you and your goal would make you want to get up, leave and go. When you give up, where do you go? You end up in a place where
- Possibilities are unexplored;
- A Journey without any learning;
- Living a belief system of giving up;
- More power to doubts and deadlocks;
- Temporary relief from burdens;
- Incomplete Journey.
On the other hand,if you continue pursuing your goal and do not give up. You will be where
- You learn about failures;
- Your doubts get resolved and there is clarity;
- You become proactive and mature;
- You are in an adventure of breaking the inner cage of limitations;
- Immense satisfaction of giving your best;
- Self-Motivated Inner Life;
- You become an Inspiration to countless others.
Looking from the giving up vis-a-vis never give up situation it clearly looks like Never Giving Up is about living passionately, thriving and flourishing. So, how do you master the art of never giving up?
There will be times you would lack the steam to press forward. At such times you should motivate yourself. You need to find elements that would get you going – it could be listening to a motivational podcast, inspiring song, reading motivational material, imagining your goal achieved, exercise, talk about your goals with friends, etc. Explore options and find things that will keep you motivated.
Hit the Pause Button instead of Stop –
When you start pursuing your goal there may be times you would want to give up, especially if the goal takes longer than you expected. Instead of quitting and giving up, it is better to step down for a while. It is not advisable to move forward full steam and find yourself exhausted and uninspired. Understanding the importance of when to hit the pause button is empowering.
Inspiring Company –
Stay connected to people who inspire you to not give up. Surrounding yourself with resilient people will make a huge difference. On the other hand, if you are in the company of people who are likely to give up you may either face resistance or you are likely to give up easily. Surround yourself with people who push, challenge and motivate you. Your circle of friends must match your own aspirations and dreams, or you will find little support when you need it most.
Choose to be Self-reliant and Positive –
It helps to be self – reliant and positive when you encounter critics and cynics. When at any juncture, it gets too much to handle you may feel that the words and opinions of your critics and cynics sound truer than your own resilient attitude. At those times, focus on polishing your self-reliant and positive attitude.
Be Honest with Yourself –
Be honest about how you feel, what you want and who you are. At any point of time in your journey it is important to assess everything by being honest to yourself. Assess your positives, negatives, goals and your situation in the most honest way.
If you often give up on things that are most significant to you, you are likely to build a pattern to give up on anything, especially when things don’t go as planned. You will be unable to learn about the importance of perseverance. Giving up on your important goals is equivalent to giving up on yourself. You are a unique person with your own gifts and talents and no one will invest in them more than you.You probably don’t realize that there are countless number of positives inside of you that even you didn’t know. When you lose the motivation a quick reminder of what your potential is can really help.
As Maya Angelou says, “We may encounter defeats but we must not be defeated.” Never giving up really means believing in yourself. It means the willingness to accept “failure” so you can learn critical skill of adaptation. It means not compromising on your most important values, and walking the walk, rather than just talking the talk. It means living the life you want and are passionate about.
Thomas Edison who lived by the never give up spirit said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”Never give up is one of the most well-known sayings that has inspired many individuals worldwide to attain greater success in their fields. Anything is conceivable. As long as you are alive, fit, and free, you have the option to keep trying until you succeed. Stay hopeful and joyfully work on polishing ‘The Never Giving Up spirit’ within you.