Three Warning Signs You’re About to Quit Too Easily

Tired already?

 

How long will you continue working on a project even when you’re not getting desired results?

Three months? Six months? A year?

Are you sure you’re giving it your best?

Or it’s one of those times quitting the project would suffice?

How do you tell the difference? The difference between knowing when to hold on and knowing when to give up as lost? The difference between failing despite hard work and failing because of laziness? The difference between false hopes and realistic expectations?

We’ve all given up on something in our lives – a relationship, a friendship, a job, a hobby – the list could be endless.

Looking back now, maybe you wish you could have done things differently. Do you think: “If only I could do it again, I wouldn’t (insert what you wish to reverse)?”

Well, do not wallow in self-pity, thinking of what could have been. It’ll take you nowhere. Life won’t stop for you to dwell on a sad past, so you’ve got to keep moving on.

But for now, just in case you have a work in progress you’re not so sure about continuing, consider which of the following reasons could be responsible, and what can help:

  1. It’s not a walk in the park you expected it to be

You’ll be surprised how many people out there are about to give up on something they’re at because they found it difficult to do or complete.

Many people believe nothing good comes easily. You probably do too. There are some exceptions, but, yes, for the most part, success won’t be a walk in the park. Great results often require great effort.

Today, the internet isn’t helping matters. Ever seen headings like these?

How to write a blog post in any niche in ten minutes

How to make any woman/man love you forever in five minutes

How to lose thirty pounds in five days without dieting

Tested and proven way to go from broke to $10, 000 in two days

Seriously, did you really believe any of those?

You won’t be called stupid. You won’t even be called dumb for believing such load of bollocks. Neither will you be called retarded.

No, you’re painfully too lazy for your own good.

But you know, I understand. I’ve been there. I’ve been that naïve. I’ve been that lazy too.

 

The solution

Those promises in those headlines are pretty much ridiculous. I won’t go into explaining why in this article. But if you really want to do anything worthwhile, you must expect loads of challenges and obstacles in your path to achieving it.

If you can’t, then you’re probably not even ready to begin.

When you experience difficulties while trying to accomplish any worthwhile task, do not give up just because it is easier to do so.

Remember:

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes, just sometimes, giving your best may mean literally giving up your sleep to accomplish your work. Others will be sleeping soundly while you’re at it.

I won’t call that a walk in the park. I won’t call that easy. I know you won’t either.

 

  1. You feel it’s taking too long to materialize

Look at those headlines in the previous sign.

Can you see what they all have in common?

It’s the promise of success in a ridiculously short time period.

And you know what?

Naturally, humans love quick fixes!

The solution

Think of it this way: if it’s going to take a short time to achieve what you’re working at, why are most people not doing it?

Again, are there others who have done it before you? How long did it take them to accomplish it? If it actually took them a shorter time period, considering your abilities and circumstances, is it reasonable to believe that you should finish sooner rather than later?

Remember:

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

  1. You are discouraged

This sign is often the result of a combination of the first two signs. But there is more to it than just those two.

Discouragement could start when our circumstances are different than they were when we first began our task. And I do not mean a positive change in circumstances.

Imagine that Harold quits his job to start blogging, or earning a living online. He’s determined to succeed, and works mighty hard, day and night.

His blog is barely a week old when a drunk driver runs into him on his way to a shopping mall.

He comes to in a hospital, but he’s all but prepared for the startling discovery he’s about to make – he can’t move anything from his neck down.

After leaving the hospital, the doctor’s words keep ringing in his sorely troubled head: “You’ll be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life, Mr. Harold”.

“Blogging and paralysis do not mix,” Harold grimaces sadly.

Is that familiar? Does it describe your plight? Or are you better off than “Harold” is?

 

The solution

In Harold’s case, he’s overwhelmingly discouraged by his predicament. He’s already giving up on blogging as a medium to make ends meet.

One day, he stumbles on an article about Jon Morrow, who has SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) but rakes in over $100,000 monthly from blogging.

Harold’s next thoughts?

“If Jon can do it, then I can do it too!”

While Jon Morrow’s story has certainly inspired lots of lives out there (mine included), Harold is merely a fictional character. And apart from a disability, financial woes, disappointment, opposition/non-support from loved ones can also cause discouragement.

The point is this: Look up other people doing (or who have done) what you’re working on. What challenges did these have to overcome? Can you relate to the challenges they had to overcome? Ultimately, what did they do about it?

Encouragingly, you may find that what you’re facing or getting discouraged over, pales into insignificance when compared to what others before you passed through. You may also find they faced the same discouraging factors like you are now.

Knowing they waded through their discouraging times would certainly be inspiring.

 

Conclusion

Before you call it quits next time, pause a moment, and analyze carefully if that’s really the best option, or you’re simply finding the easy way out. Remember: perseverance can be very rewarding.

At other times though, you may need to really call it quits. At such times, discouragement may come. Don’t be overwhelmed by it. Things are not always as bad as you think they are. It’s okay to cry if need be, but keep moving on and set realistic goals for yourself.

You’ll surely reap, if you do not tire out.

 

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