“It’s always too early to quit.”–Norman Vincent Peale
Quitting is automatic failure. This is not said to be negative; it is simply a fact. You cannot succeed if you quit, and the definition of “not succeeding” is failure. When you quit, you have automatically failed, so quitting should never be an option. If you finish later or your dreams take longer to achieve, that is not failure; but stopping your progress toward them is. You cannot be a failure if you choose to keep moving, no matter how slowly you go!
I have to remind you that you choose to quit just like you choose to go on. How hard is it to continue? Sometimes it seems impossible but it is not. It all starts in your mind. “I do not choose to give up.” When you say that to yourself, you have taken the first and most important step to success. It honestly does not matter if you can see your way ahead clearly or not; the fact that you choose to continue will, in and of itself, open the doors you need to move forward.
It is also important to remember that this can be a frustrating process. I believe the reason most people quit is not because they lack the strength to continue but they lack the stamina to deal with constant frustration. We all have days where everything goes wrong. There are moments when it does not seem worth it to continue. If that is the case, why not give up? Because giving up, like succeeding, becomes a habit. What we do every day is what our life becomes. Is your life a picture of giving up or of moving toward success?
If you have a bad day, allow yourself to feel frustrated. Many of us have a bad habit of acting as if nothing ever bothers us. Let things bother you. Admit that you are frustrated. Give yourself permission to feel that frustration, then relax and let go of it. Now, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move ahead. You will soon leave the frustration behind and be on your way once more to your goal!