In the crushing can experiment, water is boiled in a covered can for some time. As you boil the water, pressure builds up in the can. Now, cold water is poured on to the can which reduces the pressure in the can and it crushes. It is obvious that if you poured hotter water on the can, it wouldn’t crush. The can is crushed when the pressure outside (air pressure) is greater than the pressure inside the can and when the pressure difference is greater than the can is able to withstand.
Let me relate this experiment to our daily lives. Look at the can as an individual. I believe each of us are always “boiling” and therefore there is a given “pressure” going on in each of our lives which keeps us doing what we do daily. “Cold water” poured on you comes in form of challenges we encounter in life. “Hot water” poured on you is encouragement and motivation from other people, people who keep cheering you, on your journey of life.
When you let in things which reduce the pressure inside you, you will give up. Your ability to crush (give up) depends on what you are made of. Because as you have noticed above, the can crushes when the pressure difference is greater than what the can is able to withstand.
You will encounter “cold waters” (extrinsic demotivation) or “hot waters” (extrinsic motivation) but all in all what matters is the inner motivation (pressure) you build on the inside that will enable you not to crush (give up).
You can build your inner pressure (intrinsic motivation) when you know that God is with you all the time in everything you do and when you develop an “I can do this mindset”
John 16:33 MSG; I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”