I love Galaxy Quest, a spoof of Star Trek. As a favourite comedy of mine, it never fails to make me laugh. But despite the humour of the show, one of its catchphrases, “Never give up, never surrender” is something we would all do well to bear in mind. Struggling against the odds can be difficult. It is always easier to give up and surrender than to endure the hardships that come with holding on. But success can only come to the one who has the fortitude to hold out and keep on trying. If you give up, there is no chance of success at all. To this end, here are 4 reasons we should never give up and never surrender.
1. Giving Up Leads to Regrets
Giving up can lead to regrets. The moment we give up, we have zero chance of success. It is no longer possible to succeed because we have stopped trying. If it is a dream or a goal that is important to us, there is bound to be regrets. But as long as we hold out, there will always be a chance, no matter how slim, of success. As long as we never stop trying, we could succeed against great odds. The times change constantly and unfavourable conditions could become favourable ones in time. The important thing is to hold out until an opportunity arises.
2. Perception is Changeable
We have our up days and we have our down days. Some days we are at the very top of the world and we feel invincible. Nothing can stop us from reaching our goals or getting what we want. Other days, we feel like crap and have trouble getting out of bed. Every molehill becomes a daunting mountain that we lack the strength to climb. During such days, it helps to remember that we can change our perception.
When we start to see things negatively, it means that we have allowed the problems we face to overwhelm us. What we need is some time out to rest. Or we may need some new ideas to fire us up again. But with the right stimulus, we can change the way we view a situation and press on once more. The point is not to give up so quickly when we feel discouraged. Our views and moods can change for the better with time.
3. Likelier to Find Solution
Often the answer is not immediately obvious. We may find ourselves discouraged by setbacks and a lack of solutions that work. But hanging on does not mean doing the same thing and expecting different results. It means trying different approaches until we get the results we want. Failure and mistakes are nothing more than lessons to learn. They are there to inform us that our approach is not getting the results we want. The only thing to do is to learn from our mistakes and adjust our actions until we attain our goals. Thus, the longer you hold out, the likelier you are to find a solution.
4. Greater Capacity to Cope with Life
There is much truth in Nietzsche’s famous saying, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” It is always that extra rep with the weights or the extra mile that I run that causes my muscle and endurance to grow. It is the same in life. The greater the adversity we handle, the greater our capacity to cope with difficulty in the future. If we give up at the first sign of trouble, we will never learn to endure hardship. And if we do not learn to endure hardship, we will never be able to handle more than we possibly could. Only by not giving up can we break through our barriers and grow.
In the face of adversity, our mind usually goes first and convinces us that we cannot succeed. What is sad is that people usually give up when they are just about to reach their goals. If only they had hung on a little longer or put in a little more effort. But this does not have to be your story. As long as you never give up and never stop trying to find innovative solutions, you can overcome your challenges.
Are there any other reasons that you can think of for not giving up? Do share your thoughts and comments below.