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You’re here because you want to give up. Maybe you want to give up on your job or your spouse or just life in general. I don’t need to tell you how to give up. You’ve already put most of the work in yourself. In case you aren’t sure how you got yourself all the way here, though, I’ll give you some pointers on what you can do to keep the forward momentum going, okay? Okay.
Step 1: Attempt Anything
Seriously, that’s all you need to get started on this long journey of eventually giving up. Just find something you want to pursue, decide on the endgame, and go for it. You can’t give up on something that you never started, so this step is absolutely integral.
Step 2: Exert Effort
This step continues all the way up until you give up. In fact, it’s usually this step that eventually leads to the desire to give up. All the long hours and careful thought eventually tire you out until you…
Step 3: Give Up
Or, as I like to call it, wuss out.
Look, these steps are ridiculous. Now, if the only reason you’re giving up is because things got a little tough or the plan got derailed a bit, then you need to think back to step one. Why did you attempt to do this? What made you want to do this? What were you hoping to accomplish or get out of it?
If the answers to those questions are really, truly off the table, then fine. You’re not a wuss. Sometimes it’s smart to pull out of a bad investment while you’re still ahead – or at least try to litigate the damage.
But if the answers to those questions are still a very real possibility, if only you keep at it and push through, then why the hell are you on my blog right now? (Please don’t leave.)
Look, things get hard, I know that. Trust me, I definitely know that, but you don’t need to know how to give up. You need to know how to take a break.
The Steps You Need
You came here to learn How To Give Up. Which was kinda weird of you, really, but I’ll take it. Instead, I’m going to tell you How To Take A Break, how to get your second wind and power through all of your doubts and fears and – yes – your flat out exhaustion.
Step 1: Quit
Yep. To not give up, you gotta give up. This is a fun little article, isn’t it? Obviously, don’t give up forever, but definitely stop all this crap that’s making you want to give up. For me, at the moment, it’s writing articles. I’m burned out on writing freaking video game reviews and landing pages to “sell your house for cash.”
I’m freaking DONE!
And that’s okay. I’m going to spend as much time as I need writing on my blog, reading books I’ve wanted to read, catching up on Supernatural (Oh, Sam and Dean, how I’ve missed you both.), and just doing whatever the [censored] I want for awhile. Because the only way I’m not going to quit, is if I quit.
Step 2: Attempt Anything
You might be noticing a trend now. If not, I’ll spell it out for you: To continue pursuing what you love, you have to give up on it for awhile and restart. After you “quit,” come back to it with fresh eyes and renewed vigor. Then…
Step 3: Exert Effort
We’re back to what got you to my blog post to begin with. Effort, when exerted forcefully over a long period of time, will eventually bring you right back to How To Give Up. Anything you ever try to do in life is going to require effort and every time you give it your all, you’re going to want to give up.
That’s fine. Give up, quit, shout “I’M DONE!” at the top of your lungs and really mean it.
And then get back up and give it everything you’ve got all over again. Because if you don’t, if you really give up when your dreams are still on the table for the taking, then you’re going to be a lot more miserable later than you are now.
While You’re Quitting
When you quit, really quit. Don’t do the thing that made you want to quit. At all. Instead…
- Read a book.
- Watch your favorite TV show.
- Spend time with family.
- Sleep. For the love of god, get some sleep.
- Pick up a hobby you’ve been neglecting.
- Go for a walk.
- Go on a date.
- Hang out with your friends.
- Learn a new skill (knitting is fun.)
Quitting can be hard, I know. Unfortunately, for the things you’re trying to quit, there probably isn’t a patch available. (Wow, I kinda just insinuated y’all were on hard drugs. Moving on, then.)
The point here is to put everything into each step. When it’s time to push forward, freaking floor it. And when it’s time to quit, do a burn out. (Get it? Cause you’re “burned out?” Eh? Okay, then.)
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