The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially ended. Did you follow the euphoria of this year’s biggest international multi-sport event? If you enjoyed this event, you are probably familiar with Simone Biles.
Simone Biles is a female artistic gymnast who represented the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She shocked the world because of her decision to withdraw from the Olympic floor final. This decision was made based on her desire to focus more on her mental health condition.
Although this decision deserves appreciation, this is certainly not an easy matter. Because of it she had a difficult time receiving a variety of negative comments. Not a few people say things like, “Huh? Just give up like that?” or, “That is embarrassing. Why did you go that far just to bail at the last minute?” Hmm, but is it true that it is always wrong to give up?
Well, learning from Simone Biles, KALM wants to share that there are times when giving up doesn’t mean we are making a mistake, KALMers. Are you curious? Continue reading!
Times When Giving Up Doesn’t Mean Losing
When The Risks Outweigh The Potential Reward
In this context, Simone Biles decided to give up considering her mental health condition would be a better bet. She knew the health risks far outweighed the potential achievements of winning a medal. It was a thoughtful consideration. We know the importance of understanding all possible risks before taking a chance. But we don’t always know the risks we are going to face, do we? If in the middle of your journey you discover that your goal is harmful for your health or peace of mind, maybe quitting could actually be the better choice.
When Your Goals Change
After her mental health diagnosis was widely exposed in 2016, Biles took an active stance against the mental health stigma. This was why she cared so much about her mental condition. When she first became an athlete, she probably had aspirations of becoming the best artistic gymnast in the world. However, as time went on, it wasn’t her top priority anymore. She has another goal to care more about mental health. It’s okay to change your goal. Replacing old goals with new ones is a sign that we are growing and learning KALMers.
When the Process Doesn’t Match With Our Values
People who didn’t know Biles’ condition might have misunderstood and cursed at her. They think mental health problems are not that ‘serious’. But not for Biles. Her decision to step down was based on values that led her to believe that mental health cannot be underestimated. You don’t have to give up on your values to prove that you can achieve success. It’s okay to avoid something if it requires you to give up on what you believe in.
When it Leads You To a Road to Nowhere
If Biles decided to continue the competition, she was sure she would compromise more. Not only compromising her mental condition but also her team. She was aware that her fragile condition can have a negative impact on her teammates. Therefore, she withdrew.
It’s hard to leave something you’ve been working on. But saying, “I’ve invested a lot of time and energy, so I have to keep going,” is not rational. Better stop before plunging yourself even deeper. It might be tough, but walking away sooner might keep you from losing more.
Well, Simone Biles has proven that giving up doesn’t always mean losing. There are several reasons why giving up is the right choice.
If KALMers also feel that your mental condition is getting weakened, it would be better to immediately consult with Kalmselor on KALM App. You can download it here! Do not dig yourself into a more serious condition,ok?
Written by: Rachma Fitrianing Lestari
Translated by: Rachma Fitrianing Lestari
Edited by: Lukas Limanjaya
Reference:Morin, A. (2021, July 30). 5 times quitting is actually a sign of mental strength. Verywell Mind. Retrieved from: https://www.verywellmind.com/5-times-when-quitting-is-actually-a-sign-of-mental-strength-5194921