Syrian refugee, saver of many lives, Olympic swimmer and now UNHCR Ambassador is as inspirational as they come.

Thinking about giving up? Think again.

We all go through challenging periods at some stage in our lives, whether in a professional or personal capacity. Hardships are common, so finding the right coping mechanisms and motivation to overcome these periods is key. Yusra Mardini, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and 2016 Olympian, shares the three motivational tips which guided her through the most difficult time in her life as a Syrian refugee, to come out on the other side as an extraordinary young woman.

1) Hope

It may sound trivial, but hope can go a long way. The simple ability to see light at the end of the tunnel can make a significant difference when you try to make sense of a situation and how your emotions play into it. Don’t think of the problem, think of the solution.

2) Strength

Everyone has a level of inner strength, often it’s just waiting for the right moment to be triggered. Going through a particularly difficult time can certainly impact your confidence, so use your inner strength to re-build motivation and self-confidence to come out even stronger than before.

3) Resilience

Resilience is key to not giving up. As obvious as it sounds, people often tend to forget that they can try again after a failure; giving up is not the only option. There is no shame in failure, it does not define you as a person. Learn from the mistake and draw a line under it so you can move on with a fresh perspective and renewed motivation.

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