1. Look at how far you have come rather
than how far you have to go.
Looking at your progress, which you can actually measure because it has
already been accomplished, is encouraging. When we stop and look at how
much we have already achieved, we often realize that we have achieved quite
a lot, and that we haven’t really noticed this because the advancement has
been made step by step. When you appreciate yourself for the progress you
have made, this can help you to remember that you will continue to make
more improvement, and that eventually this progress is going to get you to
where you want to be.
2. Keep your vision in sight. Write out your ideal scene, and
read it every day. Detail what your life will be like, how it will feel,
how it will look when you have achieved your goals. Remind yourself of
what you want, and tell yourself that you will have it. It can also be
very helpful to create visual reminders, such as a vision board. A vision
board is a collection of pictures and words that allow you to actually see
your goals on a daily basis.
3. Take breaks when you need to. Watch a funny movie, have a good
cry, get out in nature, get some exercise. At various points when the
going is tough, these strategies can ease the pressure, and give us the
fuel we need to keep going when the going gets tough.
4. Get support. Find someone who will encourage
you, whether this is a friend or family member, a support professional
such as a life coach, or someone you can connect with online through
forums or social networks.
5. Use self help tools to support yourself. Journaling, EFT tapping, and
affirmations are among the options that can help you to keep yourself
going in tough times.
6. Read and listen to inspiring and
Books, articles and audio products can provide a great deal of encouragement.
7. Just take the next step. When it feels like you have been
climbing uphill forever, and there isn’t an end in sight, it is all too
easy to feel like you can’t keep going, because it seems like you have to
find the stamina for a never-ending journey. All you have to do is just
take one more step. That is all we ever have to do; all we can do, is take
the next step.
8. Keep yourself encouraged by
recalling stories of people who were finding it tough to keep going, and
then after a long and arduous journey ‘suddenly’ reached their goal. Christopher Columbus is a good
example of this – just two days before reaching America he was facing a
likely mutiny from his discouraged crew.
also remind yourself of the others who have quit just before reaching their
goal, feeling like they couldn’t keep going, and that their efforts were in
vain. There is a story that is told of a prospector who gave up and sold his
tools when he was just three feet from striking gold. Make a choice to follow
the first example, and keep going when the going gets tough.
9. Put yourself on automatic pilot. Stop wondering if you have what it
takes to keep going, and just put one foot in front of the other. Just
point your body in the direction that you want it to go, stop thinking,
and just do it.
10. Have faith. Whether your faith is in God or a
Higher Power, in the perfect order of the Universe, in hard work and
discipline, in karma and destiny or simply faith in yourself, faith is one
of the most vital things that can help you keep going when the going gets
It can be tough to keep going
when the going gets tough, but I hope you have found these ten ways to keep
going encouraging. We all have those times that we just feel like giving up,
but the difference between success and failure is determined by whether we give
into our feelings of discouragement, or whether we find those extra reserves of
courage that we all possess deep down, and find a way to just keep going when
the going gets tough.