Quitters never win, and winners never quit. - Vincent Thomas “Vince” Lombardi
I don’t know when I decided to stop quitting. I quit a lot of things early in my life and kept up the habit through much of college.
I quit choir. I quit Spanish. I quit jobs. I quit relationships. I even tried to quit living one time. Quitting is all too easy once you get started.
But at some point I realized to be a person of integrity required me to never quit. To remain faithful to my word and oath meant I couldn’t quit, even if I’d only made a promise to myself.
Quitting often brings short-term gratification but long term guilt, regrets and shame. To this day, I regret quitting choir because of the opportunities and experiences it could have provided me.
Never quitting builds character. It strengthens us. It helps us say no. That’s hard for some people. They want to please people, so they say yes to everything. But over-committing creates stress and disappointment.
So where’s the balance?
Only say yes to the things that you’re willing to complete. Remember there are always needs but that doesn’t mean you’re the person that’s supposed to meet those needs.
There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” Lk. 14:28 NLT
You’re a limited resources. Take account of how much you have to offer.
Then after you’ve said yes, fulfill your promise to your friends, to your family and to yourself. Even if it’s difficult or inconvenient to do so.
Not quitting means a lot of things. Sure, I know there are things we should quit, like bad habits and abusive relationships. I personally quit smoking after 15 years. But we should make every effort to finish those things that aren’t harmful or damaging to us.
Remember, quitting is contagious.
But so is winning.
Be the example.
To me, not quitting means:
- Staying engaged.
- Trying to be better, in my life and work, tomorrow than I am today.
- Taking one small step in the right direction….no matter how small.
- Recognizing that I will make mistakes everyday, but counting those mistakes as successes as long as I learn from them.
- Not taking credit for everything.
- Doing what I said I would, even if it’s harder than I thought.
What can you do today to not quit? How can you encourage someone else to not quit.
Have you had some experiences with quitting or not? Share in the comments below if you like.
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