The process of lifelong learning, of being able to keep growing even when the world gets in the way, is an act of endurance. It can be tough to keep at it, especially when it comes to our most passionate endeavors.
We hit ruts or life throws bunch of crap our way.
Nevertheless, we keep going or we try to find reasons to.
Here are 17 reasons you shouldn’t give up quite yet.
1. Progress Shows Itself In Clumps
Progress is not generally linear like we would like to believe. Consistency is key because it can take some time for the work to show.
If you give up before this happens, you lose out on making that “jump” in progress.
2. You Will Be Re-Invigorated When Progress Shows Itself
Achieving measurable progress is the ultimate motivation. Nothing fuels our passion for growth more than seeing our work come to fruition.
Giving yourself the chance to feel this invigoration by being consistent in your efforts allows you to keep moving forward, knowing that when you make that one extra strike out of one thousand, the whole wall can come crashing down and you’ll be able to see further down the path.
3. Your Authenticity Demands It
We all have our own strengths, weaknesses, like and dislikes. Keeping up with our goals and dreams gets us closer to achieving the kind of archetypal self that we believe is really us.
If you give up, become content in what you are currently doing with no prospect of moving forward, you lose out on the chance to become the greatest version of yourself. The kind of person you are proud of being.
4. Breakthroughs Happen When You Least Expect Them
Being stuck on a project is amazingly frustrating. Like a maze with no exit, you tire yourself making your way through the winding halls.
But sometimes the right course of action comes to you in strange ways. You get a great idea while showering. You concoct a solution to a big problem at work away on vacation.
By keeping our mind’s eye on the problem, we compare our daily activities with it automatically.
Our obsession with the problem beforehand allows our free minds to come up with solutions later when we are doing seemingly unrelated things.
5. Abandoned Problems May Get Solutions
Sometimes in our attempts to solve important problems we come across solutions to other things, maybe even something we gave up on a long time ago.
The mere act of attempting to keep learning means our knowledge base expands, allowing us to solve all sorts of problems. Those old problems we buried long ago could finally have solutions.
6. You Will Grow In Ways Not Planned
We attempt to create meaningful experiences for ourselves by planning ahead taking the steps to get there.
It doesn’t always work out though. Something big happens in our lives beyond our control and throws an impassible hurdle in front of us.
The doesn’t mean we haven’t grown or made progress in some fashion or another. The skills and habits we use in order to achieve our goals are ends in their own; applied to any other endeavor we go after.
7. Circumstances Change, Sometimes For The Better
Our environment has a huge impact upon how much we are able to achieve. Our current environment may not be sufficient for what we want. At work, we may feel completely powerless to change the things we feel would help us out.
But just by sticking around things can change for the better. That annoying worker that always needs your help leaves or corporate finally comes through with that policy change that makes workflow much easier.
8. People Come And Go, but Self-Investments Stick Around
Investing in who you are offers you your greatest chance to succeed. It guarantees no matter where you go or what you do you will be able to handle it with a cool and collected attitude.
Others may hold us back or we may rely too much on them. However, if we stay the course and make small steps each day to see our dreams become reality it won’t matter who is around, we’ll still be hard at it.
9. Going Slow Is Still Progress
Slumps or ruts are frustrating. We get into a habit, one that worked well for us before, but is now slow moving against the current problem.
Taking a step, even if its an inch, is still movement forward. Don’t be disheartened just because you aren’t making the huge leaps you were before.
Trust the plan and trust the process.
10. It Just Takes A Straw To Break The Camel’s Back
Those small steps you take forward add up. One day one of those steps will result in the whole project getting a massive breakthrough.
That article you write goes viral. You nab that customer you’ve been trying to get for so long. You get that bonus at work that allows you to finish a house project.
Whatever it may be, the line between dream and reality is thin, granted you have put in the time.
11. A Year From Now You’ll Be Glad You Did
Just think of how much progress can be made in a year. Imagine how much further along you’d be if you had started a year ago and kept at it.
Even if you did little things here and there, they would add up and become something great over time.
Lifelong learning is a long-term investment. Creating excellent habits now pay off greatly years from now.
12. You’ll Cultivate Better Discipline Over Time
Mental and emotional endurance is forged over time, through rigorous training.
If you take the effort to improve your daily routine and fashion it into something that works for you, not only will you make progress on your goals, but you will see yourself being fashioned into the kind of person worth being.
13. Your Motivations and Desires Will Become Apparent
All too often we do things for the wrong reasons, we just aren’t aware of it until we have exhausted a lot of energy on it.
Having clear goals allows us to chase down the things we think we want, but by the time we get there its not necessarily what we thought it was going to be. That’s okay. We change, we grow, we reflect and become more aware and more capable of pinpointing our exact desires.
Keeping up with our goals is how we give ourselves this chance to grow.
14. Treading Water Is Not Giving Up
Putting your dreams on hold because life has decided to test you is not a bad thing. The tough part is not letting this be a permanent thing. Don’t let it kill the flames completely.
Treading water while you get your life back together is okay and should not be considered giving up.
15. Single Goals Thread the Complexities of Daily Life
Having a clear set of objectives for what we are doing gives us a foundation for how to go about things.
With the goal comes the codes of conduct required to reach the goal. No matter what we are working on, we are doing so with something in mind, a guide on how to act.
The problems that come at us are not haphazard random messes, but pieces of a larger puzzle of which we are extremely interested in finishing.
16. The Daily Grind Is Given Meaning
I write about the daily grind a lot. I find it such an important concept to learn to love what you are doing everyday, even if those things can be exhausting.
Keep up with your goals and the daily work required to get there will be meaningful, it will have a place in the larger scheme of things. Without goals or ends, the daily grind is just a grind.
17. It’s What You Do
You are on this website reading this article for a reason: You want to be a better person. Better at what, that is up to you. Just by being here you show you are the kind of person who seeks knowledge on how to accomplish what they want to do.
So keep going for all these reasons I’ve listed, but most importantly, do it because it’s who you are and what you do. Your authentic self demands you keep moving forward, so don’t let yourself down.