How To Stay Optimistic When You Feel Like Quitting

How To Stay Optimistic When You Feel Like Quitting

How To Stay Optimistic When You Feel Like Quitting

Life is like an ocean. For some people it’s calm and breezy; for others, it’s an amalgam of rough waters and smooth sails. Throughout our life, we fight a lot of monsters, find a lot of treasures, and reach a lot of milestones. Most people feel that there comes a time in their life when they feel like they just can’t take it anymore. Especially when you are working for something that you’ve dreamt about your whole life. Sometimes failure is a lot to take. It’s natural to feel tired and worn out sometimes. There is darkness before every dawn, so it is important to embrace the low times before rising again. Just like Hellen Keller said,” Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow”. 

UPSC CSE is one such aim that makes an aspirant through various hardships. ‘The Civil Services Exam’- A dream for many, but attainable for only for a few. The preparation of UPSC Civil Services Exam requires utmost dedication and time management. The syllabus is vast, and you have to stay consistently motivated to get the best results. Out of all the students appearing for the CSE, 80% stop preparing as they reach the end of the syllabus because they feel they haven’t prepared enough, almost 10% give the exam half-heartedly, and the remaining 10% who stay motivated enough to put in their best effort get selected. So, if you are able to be a part of the dedicated lot, you can definitely crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam. 

However, This article is not only for the aspirants of UPSC CSE. No matter where you stand in your life, it is a key to forget the negativity and to stay optimistic when you feel like quitting. Here are the best ways to stay motivated in the make-or-break moments in your life. 

Remember Your Reason

When you first start to aim for a goal, you have some motivation in mind. A reason that makes you pursue the dream. Make sure that idea forever stays in your mind. Most of the time, when we start putting in the effort, we gradually begin to focus more on the hardships we are suffering instead of the bright future ahead. Therefore, it is crucial to keep a clear picture of your vision. Whenever in doubt, simply ask yourself what you wanted from yourself when you decided to work for this aim. Your reason to achieve something should be the topmost priority for you. Only then you can actually get what you want. 

Don’t Fear Competition

Competition is an integral part of our life. If everyone was given equal priority and a chance to fulfil their desires, there would be no competition. But the world works on the law of survival of the fittest. So you have to stay on the top of your game to stay ahead of your opponents. But sometimes the pressure to handle the competition is unbearable. In such desperate times, you should remind yourself that the competitors that look unbeatable to you, actually were beginners at one point. They reached the level they are at with their consistency and dedication. If you want to succeed, you have to overcome them instead of fearing and breaking down under pressure. You’ll have to tackle the competition everywhere you go. So, if you keep quitting because of competition, you’ll end up doing nothing and success will be a lost dream. 

How To Stay Optimistic When You Feel Like Quitting

Create a fun routine

A monotonous routine can make you feel that you are going nowhere. The results will be hard to see, and you’ll end up losing the spark for the task in hand. Make changes in your routine periodically to stay refreshed. For example, if you are preparing for UPSC CSE, you can plan your studies in such a way that there is a variation in the time table now and then. Following the same time table is not logically helpful anyway. As time passes, we develop, and as we progress, we need to make changes to our schedule accordingly. You give more time to things that need improvement. Also, make sure you include leisure time in your plan to keep your mind fresh during long hours of work. Just like Christopher McCandless used to say in Into The Wild, “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Work Till the Very End

Just like I explained earlier, not many people work until the very last moment. So, if you can muster up the courage and stay on track, you will surely get success. Persistence is the most vital trait of the champions and to be at the top; you have to incorporate that in you. To keep it in your mind all the time, remember my earlier example of becoming a part of the top 10% in the world. When your goals are high, your ideology changes. So, give it your best and work more than you can. Trying, in itself, is the greatness that not many can achieve.


Having a healthy conversation with your peers and loved ones can help you stay motivated. Nothing can beat the magic touch of a helping hand when you are sinking. A soothing conversation can mend your spirits and give you the strength to carry on. Friends and family help you give your best by cheering you up in the time of need. No one has ever succeeded without some extra help. Also, it is essential to communicate to keep the negativity out of your head. You can share your thoughts and feelings to feel lighter. It would be even if you find someone from your field. Then you can work together to rise.

Exercise and Eat Well

There’s a famous saying, “A healthy mind lives in a healthy body.” If you don’t take care of your health, you can’t focus on your work. It is important to exercise daily. Exercise improves the blood circulation in your body, and hence, you are able to work more efficiently. This will also enhance your stamina to work for longer and with more concentration. What you eat is what you become, so, develop healthy eating habits. Eating a lot of junk food and snacks will only make you dull. Moreover, your sleep pattern has a significant effect on your productivity. So make sure you get enough sleep to wake up fresh and ready to work.

Find positivity in criticism

When you have out-of-the-box thinking, you get loads of criticism. Most people will try to discourage you and show you the limitations only. But that’s where you have to be stubborn and pay attention only to those comments which can help you improve yourself. If someone is trying to stop you by telling you the risks, devise your methods to overcome those risks. If someone is making fun of you, prove your worth by achieving your goals. The world is full of people who only judge others. Stand out and be someone who can accept criticism with a positive attitude. It is hard to do this, but once you master it. You’ll find positive answers to every negative comment, and this will help you rise by leaps and bounds. 


So these were our top tips to help you overcome the sense of uncertainty and to stay optimistic when you feel like quitting. We hope these tips can change the way you think and help you succeed.

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