We seem to live in a culture that quits pretty easily. Whether it is a job, a relationship, or our goals in life, we have a tendency to throw in the towel and think that the grass must be greener on the other side.
What causes this negative attitude to be so pervasive? Really, I think a lot of it comes from our early years. We learned early in life that quitting is a way out of the pain, the embarrassment, the perceived futility of pursuing whatever it is we are seeking.
But think back on the things you quit. Any regrets? If you are human, you have probably made more than your share of bad decisions and quit things that you should have stuck with. I know I have.
One thing I know about quitting is that it rarely achieves the end results that you are seeking. Persevering is counter-intuitive. Persevering when everything inside you is screaming to just give up does not make sense….but I am encouraging you to do just that. Don’t trust the voice to quit. Don’t trust your feelings.
- If you have a goal that was worth setting in the first place, go for it. Commit to achieving your goal and anticipate the obstacles you will face. Prepare for them and meet them head on.
- You are closer to a breakthrough than you realize. Every step you take towards your goal will be one step closer to having success. Success comes with a price and that price is perseverance.
- Persevere even when you do not see things happening or feel things happening. That requires faith. For me, faith in God and faith in myself is crucial if I expect anyone else to have faith in me.
There are countless stories of people who have stuck to their plans and overcome countless obstacles to finally achieve their dream. Think of the athletes you know who paid the price, did not quit, and finally found themselves on the podium receiving the trophy. That applies to businessmen and women as well who have attained the pinnacle of success in their careers.
It even can be boiled down to basic family relations. I so admire couples that have made it for 50+ years. My Mom and Dad were married for 60 years before my father finally passed away. That is uncommon in this age of quitting. Trust me. There were times that they must have wondered as we all have, “Is this worth it?” I thank God that Mom and Dad did not quit on each other. As a child, I never had to wonder about their commitment to one another. They were there for each other regardless of what life handed them. That level of commitment come hell or high water is what I pray over you.
P.S. I know that there is a time and season for everything…and eventually you must quit. I simply encourage you to not quit before you have given it all that you have, despite the mountains you face. Eventually it is just one more step that makes the difference to your breakthrough.