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Balance: When To Give Up? And When To Be Persistent?

Balance is vital in everything we do. Eating either too much or too little would harm our health. Therefore, balancing how much you eat is critical.

We have heard countless stories about not giving up stories. On the other hand, sometimes we heard that we should stop doing something immediately because “it’s stupid” or any other reason. There has to be a line between those, right? No one knows everything. Also, nobody knows for sure if something will or will not happen. We still have to decide what to do, though, but the question is, how?

Here are things you must consider before you decide to continue or stop:

  • Why did you start?

Reflecting on why did you start will help you realize if it still matters to you. Sometimes, we start things because a family member or a friend suggested it. There is nothing wrong with that. However, if there wasn’t a significant reason for you to continue, then you probably shouldn’t.

  • The cost of continuing

Everything has a cost, usually in terms of time and money. Sometimes it can cost you more such as social or physical parts of your life. What’s the price of what you are doing? Is it draining a substantial amount of resources without returning any value? You might want to keep something. However, if it only cost you without benefiting from it (or will benefit from it in the future), then you should give up on it.

  • Opportunities

What are the opportunities you have right now? Will stopping to do what you are doing help you gain a better chance? If the answer is no, then you should not give up. Having nothing to do is worse than having something that you don’t want.

  • Wants and needs

Doing something you want while giving up your needs for it is not a good idea. If you need to take medicine, for example, and you don’t want to, you will suffer the consequences. We might want to do a particular thing, but the need to do other things stops us.

  • Goals

Before starting to do something, put a goal for yourself. You could say I would do this for a year. If you wanted to give up in 3 or 4 months, you shouldn’t because you didn’t finish your goal. You can reassess if it is worth it to continue or not after finishing the goal. Be careful, though. You cannot set a goal that will be hard to predict the outcomes for and possibly never achieved, such as saying I would create a business until it generates 20k a month. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and time-bound) goals are the best.

  • Future self feelings of relief or regret

This can be a tricky one. Imagine your future self for a moment. How do you think they will feel about you giving up? Would they be relieved or regret giving up? It is hard to know for sure, but including emotions will help you make a decision. You can’t be all about facts or all about feelings. You have to balance.

  • Breaks

Being overwhelmed influences us to make decisions we don’t want. Therefore, getting a break could help you in making your decision. All you might have needed was a break instead of stopping.


  • Ball of chain

Some things are like ball and chain. They hold you from improving. Realizing that something is only keeping you back or not could be all you need to know to make the decision.

  • When you don’t believe that it will succeed

There is a weird way in the universe; whether you believe something will or will not happen, you are most likely right. If you don’t believe in what you are doing, then there is likely no point in doing it.

  • Why quit? Is it because of others?

People might say that this isn’t beneficial or what so ever. However, there are all types of people, and you will be able to find people who say this thing is absolutely necessary and others who think it’s complete trash. Make the decision based on you. You can get input from others, but the main drive in making the decision should be from you.

  • Best and worst-case scenario

What would be the best-case scenario if it worked out? What is the worst-case scenario? Is the worst situation as bad as it might seem? Do you think that the best-case scenario is worth fighting for?

  • Learn from failure

It is hard to realize at the moment that failure is a chance to learn. Yes, almost no one likes failing, I’m included. But it is necessary. Not everything will work out the way we want. So if you are giving up because you failed once or twice, this is not enough reason for it.


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