I was recently asked if I ever felt like quitting. I said, “Absolutely. Everyone does. I just haven’t yet.”
If I’m invested seriously in something, then circumstances would have to get pretty bad in order for me to quit. Do I think about it? Yes, I do, but then I weigh the cost of quitting, and it’s too much of a price for me to pay.
Believe me, I’m not any different than you. I struggle with getting big goals accomplished. I’m challenged by challenging relationships. I get frustrated. Some of the things I try don’t work, and I can get so pissed I want to put my fist through my screen!
BUT…all these scenarios have one thing in common: they’re feelings—just emotions. In other words, they’re not real!
Think about it. Is there anything more fickle than feelings? Is there anything more “undependable” than emotions? Holy shit, man. Making decisions based upon emotions is like trying to build a house on ocean waves!
Quitting Breeds Regret, and You Can’t Quit That!
Feelings have a voice, but you should stop listening to it. Emotions have a message, but you should always question it. If you consult your feelings—and the negative thoughts they create—you’ll be deciding and acting out of the weaker part of you. Remember, you set out to achieve better things for yourself by listening to the stronger part of you. Try to remember what THAT “felt” like before you decide to quit.
Quitting breeds regret, and regret is a disappointment in yourself. The relief you’re seeking by quitting will only create a lifetime of regret that you’ll never be able to quit.
If you feel like quitting, don’t. Take a break, but don’t quit. Give yourself time but spend it recharging your batteries. Like I said, feelings are fickle, but they can scream louder than hell when you’re frustrated and feeling hopeless. Stay in the battle. You’re a hell of a lot stronger than you think you are!