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quittingThe most successful people have an uncanny ability to keep going when everyone else would quit. Success means different things to different people.  How do you define it?  Is it having a certain amount of money in the bank, a relationship with a specific person, a healthy body, a balanced family life or something else?

Your success is tied your ability to keep moving forward and taking action even after you have the urge to quit. Quitting is a bad habit, and it’s often learned at a young age. Learn how to continue moving forward no matter how strong the urge to quit grows.

“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”– Author Unknown

Consider the reasons you feel like quitting in the first place:

You lack energy.

A lack of  energy isn’t just a reason one might quit a marathon. It’s also a common reason for quitting other pursuits. Exhaustion can be physical or mental. To help counteract your exhaustion:

  • Get a full night of sleep
  • Look to see where you can streamline your schedule
  • Look for opportunities to take “balance breaks”.  This may be a quick walk, dancing around your home, singing at the top of your lungs, anything that breaks your exhaustion state for a few moments
  • Eat more nutritious foods, take supplements or replace one coffee a day with a fresh veggie drink
  • Learn how to relax, do a 5-minute meditation, learn a yoga pose or two or take  a power nap
  • Write down 10 things you are grateful for

You lack focus. Too many items on your “to do” list or too many distractions can result in the desire to quit.

Do you find yourself saying “I will never get it done so why even try?”  Are you trying to accomplish too many other things? Some people can deal with more goals than others. If you feel overwhelmed, narrow your focus to your most important goals.  A great way to do this is to look at your list and label each one “1”, “2”, “3”.  Make this a “gut” reaction, not one that comes from what you feel you must do.  Then prioritize the goals in that order, 1, 2, 3.

What ever your goal is is not that important to you.

Do you have a good enough reason to keep going? Why are you doing this activity in the first place?

  • Remind yourself of why it’s important to keep going. Maybe the best motivation you can find is setting a good example for your children. Maybe the most important issue is self-respect.  Maybe it is a financial goal such as wanting to purchase a house, save for retirement or take a great vacation.  Could it be to ensure great health for many years to come?  Find your why.   Find a good reason to continue.

Understand the reasons you feel the desire to quit. It’s natural to want to quit. And most people do. Will you be one of the few that’s able to persevere? It’s just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other until you’re finished.

When I was a single mom, woking full time and in college I held a vision of myself on a tightrope.  I couldn’t look to the left or right, or I knew I would fall off.  What was at the end of the rope was a great example for my daughter and the education provided for us financially.  What is at the end of your tightrope?

Persevere when you want to quit:

  1. Revisit your original purpose. Is that motivation enough? If it’s not, you’ll need to find a new reason. If you can’t think of one, that might be a sign that you should be doing something else. But don’t give up too quickly. Look deeply. You’ll almost certainly find a compelling reason to continue.   If you are still not sure if your goal is the right one for you, let me know.  I have some information that is sure to help you determine this.
  2. Create small successes. Nothing is more motivating than success. Set yourself up for regular success by setting easy goals that move you forward. These baby steps can result in the momentum you need to carry you to the finish line. Just focus on the immediate task and forget about the rest.
  3. Focus on the endpoint. The path might not be enjoyable, but the end result should be. Remember my tightrope.  Keep your eye on how great you’ll feel when you’ve reached the end. By focusing on the endpoint, you can maintain your motivation more easily. Visualize your ideal endpoint twice each day.
  4. Stay on schedule. Once your motivation begins to wane, it’s easy to lose track of your goal. Other activities seem to take over your schedule and it becomes easier to procrastinate. So, make a schedule that will ensure you stay engaged. Make time so you don’t have an excuse to quit.
  5. Ask yourself how you’ll feel if you allow yourself to quit. Quitting sounds good in the short-term, but we usually regret it later on. How will you feel in a week, month, or year from today if you let yourself quit?

Learn to keep going, no matter how strong the desire to quit grows. This is the best indicator of your ability to be successful. You will eventually succeed if you can continue moving toward your goal. You don’t have to quit just because you feel the urge to stop.

If you feel as though your dreams and goals are just slipping through your fingers now is the time to take action!  Click here for more information.


I would love to know what you do when you feel like quitting.  Please post a comment or reach out to me.


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