Before you quit...


 

 

Ever been faced with the desire to give up? Here are three things to ask yourself when you want to quit.

 

1. “What do I really want?”

Sometimes, the big picture can be depressing, if we focus on how far we have to go to achieve whatever it is we’re working towards. However, keeping that end vision in mind will remind you of how important each step is.

 

Zig Ziglar is credited with saying that, “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now.” When you think about what working toward your goal is doing to you and in you, you’ll remember that what you really want is the feeling of success and achievement that comes with getting “there.”

 

You’re not working for a number on the scale – you’re working towards the best version of you possible. And it’s pushing through those times faced with quitting that the best version of you shines through.

 

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” (Harriet Beecher Stowe)

 

2. “What will I gain from this?”

 

Life is meant to be enjoyed.

 

Sometimes, taking a break can be a good thing – the healthy thing. But, sometimes it means walking away in defeat. There’s no timeline for achieving anything. You don’t have to go through things at full speed.

 

Instead of giving up, ask yourself what you can scale back on. What needs to change? Ultimately, ask yourself what you’ll gain by pushing through? What do you gain from quitting?

 

No one ever said, “I wish I started later.” Think about where you were a year ago, and if you’d like to still be there this time next year. Think about all you’ll gain by sticking with it, and proceed accordingly.

 

3. “How would I want my kids to handle this?”

 

Yeah, I went below the belt here. But I firmly believe that pursuing our best selves is the single most important way we can inspire our kids to achieve their best selves. It’s easy to think they aren’t watching, but our kids pick up on everything. (Just ask my son’s Sunday School teacher… she’ll tell you all about the choice words my little man has repeated thanks to my short fuse while driving.)

 

We can’t realistically expect our kids to exhibit behaviors they haven’t been taught. When we take the time to invest in ourselves and follow through on a commitment – no matter what – we teach them to do the same. And that leads to a generational pattern of health and wellness.

 

 

One of the biggest misconceptions about achieving your best self is that it’s an all-or-nothing endeavor, that it must be full of pain, punishment and self-deprivation. Our habit-based lifestyle coaching programs meet you where you are to incite change at a comfortable level.

 

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