When Should You Quit?
So many people are on the verge of quitting…..quitting their job, marriage, business, exercising and smoking etc.
For most people quitting will be very easy, but for others to quit means to fail or lose.
I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 10 years old or I should say I got my first Guitar at 10 years old. It was a Silverstone electric that came from Sears. My Dad knew how bad I wanted that guitar.
I remember how bad I wanted to learn to play that guitar and why I wanted to learn.
I was 10 years old when I noticed a friend of mine Jeff walking across the playground with girls all around him. I went to see what all the commotion was about. That was the moment I knew I wanted a guitar because my friend Jeff had a guitar in his hand. He had the guitar that day to share with the class.
That Christmas I got mine. I would try to play that thing and got so frustrated I would put it in the closet and not touch it for months on end. Then months turned into years. After I got married I picked it up again and I got myself a better guitar. I would spend 30 to 60 minutes every afternoon. I was still frustrated and wanted to quit again, but I disciplined myself to keep going.
One afternoon I reached over picked up my guitar and music just started to flow with ease. It was as if some other person stepped into my body and started to play. I was amazed to say the least. That happened because I never really quit and I decided to work at it until I learned to play.
Like most people I’ve had so many things in my life I could have quit because of stress or pressure or because I didn’t get the breaks I felt I should have.
I read a study once that said for every 100 adult students that start on the road to a black belt in the martial arts only 2 students on average will ever get that black belt.
Why do so any people quit in the midst of working toward a desirable goal? I think for the most part….because they can’t see the long term effect or benefits of the short term pain of doing the hard work.
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” Vince Lombardi
At times we could just change our approach or make a small adjustment and keep moving forward to create that end result that we desire.
A marathon runner never quits at the 23 – 25 mile mark, but if you check the facts you would see most runners that quit will do so around the 15 – 18 mile marker.
“If you are going to go through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill
My friend Rob Northrop once said, “Never set a goal you don’t intend to reach.” I agree, why waste your time and energy?
When should we quit?
When you are not willing to pay the price through hard work.
When you and others get hurt.
When you fail to contribute to others.
Don’t quit when the tide is lowest,
For it’s just about to turn;
Don’t Quit over doubts and questions,
For there’s something you may learn.
Don’t quit when the night is darkest,
For it’s just a while ’til dawn;
Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest,
For the race is almost won.
Don’t quit when the hill is steepest,
For your goal is almost nigh;
Don’t quit, for you’re not a failure
Until you fail to try.~ Author unknown~