Before success comes to you, you'll meet a good deal of temporary defeat, and perhaps permanent failure, if you quit. Quitting may seem like the easiest and most logical thing to do, but rewards only fully release themselves to us once we refuse to quit.
Quitting is relinquishing the organic growth of our character (the seed of our fulfillment), which climaxes as we move beyond the discouragement of failure. It is a sure responsibility to not back down when you know that you know something is possible.
Here are the top nine reasons why you shouldn't quit:
1. It's not the end result that is so important, but what becomes of you in the process of getting there!
You can never know all that is within you if you don't test yourself.
2. Most successes don't come until we practice persistence.
Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Don't be discouraged if you fail a few times! Most of us quit after one failure.
3. Your situation isn't as bad as it seems.
Sylvester Stallone's wife left him and he had to sell his dog just so he could have 50 dollars to keep his dream of being an actor and screenwriter alive. He kept going and found the inspiration for Rocky, and won the Oscars.
4. You're probably asking the wrong questions.
When we ask, we always receive, yet most of us ask questions like, "How come I can't do it? Why is this so hard?" The mind says, "Because you suck! Nothing goes your way! You don't deserve! You always fail! You aren't skilled enough!" Ask instead, "Is it possible for me to keep going? What can I do to make this easier?"
5. Quitting on what you want automatically creates inner conflict and negative self-talk or judgement.
If you aren't true to your desires, then you create inner conflict. Fulfillment comes simply when we practice the self-love to attempt to do what we enjoy. People often say to me, "I have inner conflict every night; how can I resolve it?" I ask them to tell me their dreams and passions. It always turns out that they aren't doing them. It's impossible to resolve inner conflict if you aren't true to your desires, longings and dreams.
6. Quitting makes you comfortable compromising on what you want, so it becomes a habit.
Everything creates habits, and quitting is no exception. That's why we may slowly develop beliefs such as, "It doesn't really matter what I want. I don't care that much..." But it DOES matter! What's more important than for you to be completely fulfilled and happy with your life and your efforts? NOTHING!
7. You probably haven't sought expert counsel.
We rarely seek advice from someone who excels in what we're having challenges in, or our advice comes from someone dear to us who has no experiences in our chosen field.
8. What do you have left if you quit on your dreams and goals?
9. There's no such thing as an excuse.
Someone has achieved great success and fulfillment with the same excuses as you. Whether you believe your setback or cause of failure is age, time, sex, your body, intelligence (or lack thereof), that you don't deserve it, or something else entirely, I guarantee someone has figured it out with your excuse.
Michael Jordan made it to the NBA Hall of Fame after being "not good enough" for his high school basketball team. Steve Jobs became a millionaire at 21 years old. Bethany Hamilton got her arm bitten off by a shark, and is still one of the best female surfers in the world. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her television reporting job because they told her she wasn't fit to be on screen. Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected by 27 different publishers.
In conclusion, I leave you with the words that the world champion big wave surfer Laird Hamilton told me while he looked me square in the eyes, "Just do it! Get there or die trying. You have no excuses."