“Before You Quit, Remember Why You Started“
I’d like to talk about the value of persistence. The quote above was a “jewel” that was given to me a few years ago when I was in some really dark times. I pass it along to people every now and then when I see person caught in that mid-point of:
“Is what I’m doing even really working?”
“Maybe I should just try something else. It’s not happening as fast as when the other guy did it.”
“If it was going to happen for me, it surely should’ve happened by now!”
The reason I pass this jewel along to those I feel might need it, is because I SURELY needed it when it was given to me.
One of the worst feelings in the world is to be in a state of uncertainty. To have a passion to want to do something, to go about it a little bit, but get frustrated because you don’t see any movement right away.
The fear and doubt set in, you start looking around at other people who are in motion and then you 2nd guess yourself and your Own goals.
Then you want to abandon Your dreams and aspirations and take on someone else’s just because you see movement.
It doesn’t make any sense when you step back and look at the idea of these actions, but it is damn sure easy to fall into this counterproductive cycle.
So the solution to quitting….remember the value of persistence.
Remember Why You Started It
When you find yourself in doubt of your goals and aspirations and you want to quit, remember the Feeling you had the day you decided to act on it.
Think about the enthusiasm you had when you told your best friend about your idea.
Remember how it felt to you when you first saw your ideas on paper (or screen) and how Real it was.
Reflect on the feeling, the situation, the burning desire to change your present ways that sparked this need for a new way.
As all of the greats advise, write down your vision and keep it someplace commonly visible to you. Put it on your wall, your bathroom mirror, the dashboard of your car, anywhere you are guaranteed to see it multiple times a day.
This will reinforce your desire to continue and keep your Reason at the top of mind and in front of you.
Consistency is one of the hardest habits to build. It can be tiresome sometimes, tedious, dull and never ending.
But it is worth its weight in gold once you have attained it and made it part of your creed.
The Ability to be consistent stems from the other pillar of success: Discipline
Discipline is the very thing that enables you to be consistent. I once heard a wise man say that discipline is an expression of God. Everything in nature runs on discipline and consistency.
The sun rises and sets every day….The earth rotates every second of every day….The seasons change 4 times every year.
Lastly On The Value Of Persistence……
Whenever we start something, it’s usually because the seed of thought had a bit of love in it. It had some kind of incentive for you that lit a fire to manifest.
This is the very thing you need to keep close to you at all times to keep fanning those flames.
Never lose sight of that thing that gets you up in the morning, that keeps you going back, and back no matter how hard it gets. Always make the value of persistence a high priority.
Before you quit, REMEMBER why you started.