• Chantal Porter

7 Obvious Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up

Ambition is the driving force of development, at least that’s what I like to think. Everything that exists today that we enjoy (that was not created by nature) was created by man. Every invention was once a thought, backed up by persistent and consistent actions. While we may not know these great inventors personally, one thing we do know about them is that they never gave up, and neither should you.

What new mission are you en route to accomplishing? What new thing do you have your sights on? What not so new thing are you in the middle of that is tap dancing on your last nerve and working on your patience?

There’s always something too. Maybe it’s your kids, a diet, your job, a project, an invention, a business plan, a blog...something. Whatever it is for you, here are a few reasons you should never give up.

Life is not meant to be easy. It is filled with difficult moments, beautiful moments and interesting times.

1. You create a pattern of failure/quitting

You are not a failure. You are born for greatness and you are more than capable of accomplishing whatever you set your mind to. HOWEVER, you can create a pattern of failure in your life by developing a habit of quitting.

“It’s not that serious, it’s just this one thing.” Sure.

Here’s the thing about habits, they start out as “just this one thing”. The next time you’re faced with another situation that is challenging, stressful or frustrating, your mind remembers what you did the last time and presents you, once again, with a backdoor. It says, “Hey, forget this, remember the last time? Remember how your frustration disappeared when you just let it go? Let’s do that again. You’ve done your best. Treat yo’self. You don’t need all this stress”.

Giving in to that train of thought becomes easier each time you quit and then, before you know it, you’ll find yourself in a position where you never finish anything you start, but you know you were built for so much more.

2. If it’s worth having, it’s worth the fight

This applies to everything. When we have to put effort into earning something, as opposed to just having it handed to us Anything that requires sacrifice breeds appreciation. If your end goal is worth having then don’t you dare give up. The harder the grind the greater the glory. Stick with it.

3. You’re not giving up on the dream, you’re giving up on yourself

I’m saying this with lots of love. Your dream is the end goal.It does nothing but stay just out of reach. The only thing that moves is you. When you quit, you declare to yourself and the world that you don’t believe that YOU can achieve your goal. It’s not the goal that you give up on, it’s yourself. You say that you’re not strong enough and that you didn’t actually want your end result to begin with. YOU say all that, and so you agree with everyone else who doubted you in the beginning and make yourself a liar.

4. Success is amazing and worth it.

Meeting your goal, accomplishing your vision has its own high. Tears of joy, howls of relief, pride, satisfaction are just some of the exhilarating things that come with success. If you quit, you rob yourself of an opportunity to experience this high.You rob yourself of the pride that comes with knowing that you're a badass that can get things done. You rob yourself of an opportunity to grow through your struggles and come out stronger.

5. You’re becoming a point of reference

People love to pour water on new ideas. “Oh that’ll never work?” “what makes you think you’ll get it done this time?”

Silencing nay-sayers is a pretty great feeling, but you’ll only experience it if you follow through.

The truth is, for a lot of people, they are negative because they have never seen anyone do what you’re trying to do, and they never will if you quit.

When you succeed, you change all that. No longer can they say it’s never been done, instead they’ll say “the only person I’ve ever seen do this is X” (you’re X btw).

Not only do you earn respect, but you set the example and the standard for others to follow.

6. You’re supposed to fail

This truth messes with a lot of people. The pie-in-the-sky idea of success is that success is the absence of failure.You fail and so you start packing it up, because you didn’t expect to fail and if you were meant to do this thing then you wouldn’t have failed.

Who sold you that lie? Return it quickly and demand your money back.

There is no success without failure, none!Ask every successful person what it took and you’ll be listening to a “success” story that’s full of set-backs and failures. That’s because it’s supposed to happen and you’re supposed to keep going, not quit.

7. It’s supposed to take time

If it's taking time, then that’s okay too. Some things take more time than others. A PB&J sandwich takes less time that braised lamb from preparation to plating and by comparison, it’s just not as good. Great things take time. When you give up, you’ve stopped the entire process and nothing changes. Don’t quit, keep going because it's supposed to take time.

We can live a blessed and abundant life and we can participate in our success, matter-of-fact, we should. Quitting, is the equivalent of benching your star player mid-season, that makes no sense. Stand up to your mission and see it all the way through, because it is definitely worth it.

“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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