Realize that the fact you are here reading this now is because you chose not to quit.
You chose not to quit when your loved ones suggested it best, and you chose not to quit when life convinced you they were right.
You chose not to quit, because your conviction is stronger than your doubts. You came here to live out your dreams with full power, and therefore you experience disappointment on a whole new level when you fall short. This is a perk, not a flaw.
When Quitting Feels Like the Only Option
You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.
– J.K. Rowling (read more quotes)
The standards you set for yourself are admirable – not ‘unrealistic.’ So many people live for nothing, happy to settle for whatever life tosses their way. You are not one of them. As Les Brown said, “You are different; you have greatness within you.” And because of this, the ache of failure keeps you up at night longer than the average person.
Honour that; be glad that this is your truth. Your perseverance and perfectionist nature will send you further in life than your mind can currently conceive.
So recognize that your present circumstances are temporary. That the challenges you are facing are the storm before the beautiful calm that lies ahead. That no one ever reached abundance without being tested along the way. Oprah Winfrey. J.K. Rowling. Stephen King. The list goes on endlessly.
Imagine a life where you didn’t have to work: where every luxury came to you as easily as air and all you needed to do was sit down and await it. In theory this life sounds perfect but in practice it would be crucifying. What would there be to live for if you could have everything with no effort?
Even the richest people on the planet can’t have everything. Even they still have goals; new targets that will require even more growth for them to be able to reach. The sweetest luxuries in life taste sweeter when they are well-earned. Remember that.
Remember the way food tastes more deserved after a workout; the specific gratitude you feel for water only after you’ve sweated; how much you treasure every second of a break away primarily because you paid for it with your own cash.
To quote Les Brown one final time, “Do what is easy, and your life will be hard. But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.”
Even when it would be so much simpler to give up and do what is easy, always, always be brave enough to do what is hard. It took you courage to get here and it will take courage to continue.
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Owen is a poet, actor and blogger living in London. For the past two years he has been on a journey toward becoming the best person that he can be, and it has rewarded him abundantly. He's now taken to writing articles on self-development to empower others to do the same.
Winners never quit and quitters never win. So the saying goes. Inspiration hits via motivational quotes remind us quitting is not an option. The difference between winning and losing is never quitting. Losers quit when they're tired, winners quit when they've won. And on it goes, down the slippery slope of disappointment and failure. Clearly, quitting is the not your best move. Except sometimes, when it is.
It's helpful for quitting to have context. A tweet or quote doesn't do it justice. There's more to quitting than bowing out when things get tough right? You know when it's time to consider quitting, when things no longer feel right. When you keep trying and that niggly feeling won't go away. It's not about effort. It's about awareness.
My memorable 'quits' include quitting my corporate career and later, quitting a guest lecturing post, before I even started. When I quit, I didn't feel euphoric or heroic. I felt I disappointed people, including myself. Looking back now, I see things differently. There are times when quitting is sometimes your best move. Here are seven reasons why.
1. It saves a lot of unnecessary pain.
If you persevere with that soul-sucking office job, or that college course that someone else chose for you, it's prolonging the pain. You know it won't end well so why put yourself through it.
2. It creates space for the right fit.
Ending the pain of what's not working allows you free up space and energy to attract the things that are meant for you. It's saying no to what you don't want so you can say yes to the things you do.
3. It makes you more committed in the long run
It's not easy to quit something. It takes courage to make the decision and commit to what you really want next. This shows commitment to your vision; it's not staying stuck or safe.
4. You refocus and change direction
As Oprah says, 'when you stumble, it just means oops, detour.' There's no quitting, just some tweaking and refocusing in a new direction.
5. It's a positive move
Quitting tends to be seen as a negative thing, ending in disappointment. But it can be freeing and energizing, propelling you on to the next chapter with more speed and renewed inspiration.
6. It's courageous
It takes courage to step up and take ownership of your decisions and actions, even when they haven't turned out as planned. If something doesn't feel right and is making you unhappy then identifying this is a big step towards moving past it.
7. It doesn't matter what others think.
I'm sure you know at least one person who stays in a job they don't like or a relationship that's no longer working because it's easy. It's not easy admitting you have made a made a wrong choice but at least you're brave enough to do something about it.
Sometimes carrying on can be the best thing to do. Quitting isn't always the best option and it's not something you rush into. But it doesn't have to end in disappointment. I've quit giving myself a hard time over quitting. I never quit, I simply course redirect and keep my eye on the destination.
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