Long distance runners or swimmers most probably find the laps immediately after the half-way mark most difficult. That is the time when motivation starts running low and discouragement sets in.
Of course there are individual variations but anyone who attempts a big project knows the pressure that builds on the mind towards the middle.
Here are some ways to beat this depression:
#1. When your energy is running low do not think of the finishing tape. Think of what you are doing at the present. Just focus on completing that one step. In other words do it one step at a time.
#2. Recollect your motive. What was it that made you attempt this in the first place? When you think of it; your motivation, if it is a genuine one, will come back. Find some way to keep reminding yourself of your mission statement.
#3. Remind yourself that great victories are won by simply holding on when the cause seems hopeless. Do not listen to your emotions which are playing tricks on your mind at the moment. So stay on course no matter how low you feel.
#4. Try to stand in the shoes of a coach. Imagine you telling somebody in your current situation words of motivation. What will you say? Definitely you won’t ask that person to quit; would you? So the positive words you’ll imagine telling another will itself pump you up with enthusiasm.
#5. Seek help. There is no need to act brave when you are feeling down. Talk with someone you trust and ventilate your thoughts. Make sure that the person you are talking to is someone who is able to help you see reality in a proper light. After listening to you, he or she will be able to tell you exactly why situations are not as bad as it seems to be.
#6. Do not spend time answering your critics. If you do so, you will waste your time and valuable energy. Let your achievement do the talking. Criticism, if you listen to it too much, can take away your ability to concentrate on your goal.
#7. Make prayer a habit. Those who suddenly think about calling to God for help will possibly find that they don’t have his phone number. But those who are familiar with God by spending time with him daily will find it much easier to tell God how tempted they are to quit. When such a honest prayer is made, God often sends his angels to strengthen; and often these angels are people whom we least expected to be there for us at that critical hour.
In conclusion, just one word. It is too early to quit in life, always!