Quitting is the easiest choice we can make in this life.
You worked hard to get where you are today in your career and in your personal life. Yet there are moments when you just want to give up fighting, give up the hustle and go hide in a cave.
Why everything has to be so hard? Why can’t I relax and forget about the training I have to do, about the blog posts I need to write, the food I need to prepare, etc? It’s just too hard.
Quitting Starts in Your Mind
Our mind is a very powerful tool. When used the right way, it can help you achieve everything you want. But when left on its own, it can be your worst enemy.
You know the voice in your head always arguing with you, making you second-guess every decision?
That’s your mind trying to keep the status quo.
Our mind is programmed to keep us safe. That’s the role of the crocodile brain, as it is called.
When you are not in danger, it relaxes. So when you come up with ideas on how to earn your next promotion, launch a business, train harder, you give it work, and it doesn’t like that.
From there the incessant chitchat on why you shouldn’t do this or that.
Michael Hyatt says when you’re close to quitting to ask yourself why are you doing this in the first place.
Focus on the positive, the value it brings you, the vision you had when you started this adventure, instead of how hard it is, how tired you are, or how little you have accomplished so far.
The First Thing I Quit When Things Get Tough
I am in a back and forth relationship with my daily training.
When things get tough, I am stressed, or have a lot of work to do, the first thing I quit is gym time. Yes, I do like being fit, the energy I get every time I train, yet it’s the first thing I drop when I am too busy at work or too tired.
Why? Because it’s easy, it’s convenient. It’s easier to eat junk food than to prepare a healthy meal. It’s easier to be buried in work than to take a brake and train.
It’s been like that for a few years.
But because there is no way around it I needed to make a decision: Either drop it or get serious about it.
So, I decided to be committed to my fitness journey, and to be successful I will apply the same strategy I had when I wanted to work in PR.
For years I wanted so badly to work in PR that it was the only thing I focused on, the only thing I spoke or dream about.
Then, when I got to work in PR, back in Romania, I spent every waking hour learning and getting better at it. That hasn’t changed until today.
A Strategy to Help You Keep Going
Just like in learning, when you do the hard stuff, your horizons and limits expand.
What yesterday was hard, today is piece of cake. Becoming better at your craft, getting in shape, eating healthier are all work in progress, a never-ending process.
You have to have goals and work for them, but remember: The journey and who you become in the process are just as important as the destination.
So, when you’re tempted to quit, STOP!
Back up and remember why you started in the first place.
Remember the passion, all those dreams you had when you imagined yourself achieving your goals?
Feel it into your brain and entire body, take a deep breath and look around you. See what you’ve accomplished so far and then keep going.
Do this every single time when you are tempted to skip a workout, a client meeting, sending a pitch, or writing one more blog post. And you’ll see how you will become stronger, more focused on what you want to do, and more determined to be successful.
What keeps you going when you are tempted to quit?