We all know what happens when we quit. Nothing.
Sure, there’s maybe some temporarily relief, but progress comes to a halt and all momentum is lost.
This is true in anything that you are pursuing. The easy route is always available and so many people are willing to repeatedly take it. Those people are quitters. That’s not you.
Let’s say you’re building a business and your biggest client, who makes up 70% of your company’s revenue, calls and fires you as a service provider…..
Just like that your company is in HUGE trouble. You are on the verge of failure.
Sweet. That really sucks. So if you roll over, you already know the outcome of that decision. The business fails. Pretty simple, right?
But, what would happen if you didn’t?
This question was posed to me in a yoga class recently. We were holding an extremely painful pose for 5 minutes. Ridiculous, I know. It was really starting to hurt. I mean, REALLY starting to hurt.
That’s when the teacher said, “I know it hurts right now. I know this is excruciatingly painful. But, you already know what will happen if you quit. But, what would happen if you didn’t?”
She challenged us to dig deep. Giving up is always an option. And, it’s always available. But some of the greatest possibilities on earth exist just past the point where you really, REALLY want to quit.
Now I held that [expletive] pose for the full 5 minutes. I wanted to quit for 4 minutes and 58 seconds. But, I didn’t.
Did it hurt? Oh. My. God. Yes.
But, you can always learn something about yourself when you push through some serious pain. Whether it’s physical or mental. There is always a reward at the end.
To quote the great Arnold Schwarzenegger, “What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.”
You are stronger than you know. Let that sink in for a second. Your mind will tell you to “quit” long before you should. When you learn to ignore that voice in your head, the greatest things will begin happening in your life.
So, think back to the example of your business losing its biggest client. What if you decided, instead, to do everything in your power to fight to get that client back? Or, better yet, what if you said, “screw that client” and you went out and found a new one? A better one.
We all have these moments where things seem to be too painful, or too stressful, so we give up. To reach our full potential we must embrace the resistance and commit to seeing it all the way to the end.
Resistance is the key to growth. Think about your muscles. You can’t grow muscles without resistance. You have to tear your muscles down, to a point of total weakness, so they can rebuild stronger. This is precisely how Arnold became the greatest bodybuilder of all time. He was willing to endure the excruciating pain of tearing his muscles to absolute shreds, longer and further than anyone before him. He was able to overcome his mind constantly telling him to set the weights down. Don’t think he didn’t experience this. He did. You will too.
But, what would happen if you pushed yourself just a little bit harder than you normally do? What are the possibilities that might open up?
You’ll never know if you quit. That’s the cold reality. Quitting only assures that you will go no further.
The next time that little voice in your head starts screaming, starts telling you that you can go no further, that maybe you aren’t cut out for something. Silence it.
Ask yourself a couple simple questions. What would happen if you pushed yourself a little harder? What would happen if you tried just once more? What would happen if you just flat-out didn’t give up on yourself?
There’s only one way to find out for sure.