The most successful people seem to have an almost magical ability to keep moving forward when everyone else would have already quit. Our success is linked our ability to keep working after we feel the urge to give in and quit. Quitting can become a bad habit, and it is one we begin to cultivate at an early age. Learn how to continue to make progress no matter how strong the urge to quit draws you away from your tasks and goals.
First, What are the key drivers of wanting to quit?
1. We feel we lack energy to go on.
- A lack of energy is a broader issue than just not finishing a marathon run. It is also a very common root cause for bailing out on other pursuits.
- Exhaustion can be a physical or a mental issue.
- What can we do about this feeling of exhaustion?
- Get a full night’s rest.
- Control your schedule rather than letting the schedule and other people control your day.
- Streamline life. Do more of want you love, and less of what you do simply out of a sense of obligation.
- Eat more nutritious foods. Back away from the chips, and grab an apple for a quick snack.
- Learn how to relax.
2. We cannot regain our focus.
- Too many distractions can wear us down and make us want to quit.
- Look at your schedule or list of duties. Are you simply trying to accomplish too many things?
- Some people can juggle more goals than others.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, try paring down your focus to the goals most important to you.
3. We really do not care enough. It is not that important to us.
- Do you have a good enough reason to keep pressing forward?
- Why are you doing this particular activity in the first place?
- Remind yourself of why it is important to keep going.
- Sometimes the best motivation we can find is that we are setting a good example for our children.
- Maybe the most important issue is self-respect.
- Find a good reason to continue.
Pressing on when you want to quit:
1. Revisit the original purpose.
- Is that motivation enough to keep you moving?
- If it is not, you will need to come up with a new reason.
- If you cannot think of one, this may be your sign that you should move on to something different.
- Do not jump ship too quickly. Look deeply. If there is a compelling reason to continue, you will find it.
2. Create and Celebrate the small victories.
- Nothing is more motivating than success.
- Learn to set yourself up for regular success by setting achievable goals that continue to move you forward.
- These baby steps can build in the momentum you need to carry you through to the finish line.
- Stay focused on the immediate task and forget about the rest, for now.
- Celebrate your wins.
3. Keep the goal in mind.
- No path is enjoyable all the time. But the end result should be worth looking forward to.
- Keep your eye on how great you will feel once you have reached the end.
- By focusing on the endpoint, we can maintain our motivation more easily.
- Visualize your ideal endpoint at least twice each day.
4. Stay on schedule.
- Once your motivation begins to fade, it will be easy to lose track of the ultimate goal.
- Other activities will take over your schedule and it becomes easier and easier to procrastinate.
- Make a schedule that will ensure you remain engaged with the tasks at hand.
- Make time for breaks so that you will not have an excuse to quit.
5. Check in with yourself.
- Ask yourself how you will feel if you allow yourself to give up.
- Quitting always sounds like a good idea in the short-term, but we usually regret it later.
- How will you feel in a week, a month, or a year from today if you let yourself quit today?
Learn to keep going.
This is the good indicator of your ability to be more successful.
We know that we will eventually succeed if we can continue moving toward our goals.