What to Do When You Feel like Giving Up
The one thing that gets me going again
When the quarantine started, gyms closed everywhere. As a fitness enthusiast that absolutely loved lifting weights, this was quite an unpleasant surprise.
After whining for a few days, I decided to stop complaining and accept the pandemic situation as a challenge instead.
I had to make do with whatever I had at my disposal— my body weight, a sturdy bag, a few resistance bands, a pair of 15lb dumbbells, and my creativity.
I chalked up an initial routine and got to work.
It was kind of fun and even felt rewarding initially — the fact that I was still working out when most of my friends had lost motivation and stopped.
I thought that I would have to somehow persevere for at most 2 months after which gyms would mostly reopen.
Over the span of 2 months, I stayed pretty consistent tweaking my routine every now and then as I came up with or found better alternatives.
But as the pandemic situation got worse, it didn't seem like gyms would open any time soon. Even if they did, it wouldn’t be safe to go.
Now, as the days dragged along, I started to lose motivation. I gradually became more and more inconsistent until I was on the verge of completely giving up.
One day when I had to open my Google drive for some reason, I chanced upon a folder that contained my progress pictures and videos.
As I went through the folder, I realized that I had forgotten just how far I had come since I first started working out.
I felt a new surge of motivation and desire to get back up and keep going — which I did.
When pursuing something, we tend to get so caught up in what we are doing right now and focusing on what needs to be done that we forget just how far we have come.
Whenever you feel like giving up,
Look back to see how far you’ve come and remember that you haven’t come this far to only come this far.