I just typed “quotes with quit” into Google and here are some of the results:
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ — Muhammad Ali
If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. — William J. Clinton
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. — Napoleon Hill
Winners never quit and quitters never win. — Vince Lombardi
We will all fail in life, but nobody has to be a failure. Failing at a thing doesn’t make you a failure. You are only a failure when you quit trying. — Joyce Meyer
If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit! — Michael Jordan
For the most part I agree with these quotes.
Most of the success in my life has come after I pushed past the place of struggle and pain. A sound work ethic and persistence are both important.
But there is a problem with all the “Quitters never win” talk. It builds the unconscious belief that we shouldn’t quit anything.
There Are Things We Need To Quit!
Sometimes quitting something is the smart thing to do.
Some of them are obvious. People want to quit smoking, eating sweets, or sleeping in too late on the weekend.
I want to quit watching TV after 9:30 pm so I can get a better night’s rest.
If someone said to you that they wanted to quit smoking you wouldn’t respond, “Quitters never win.” That would be just silly!
But there is a part of us that thinks we have to finish everything we start. That quitting is a sign of weakness or it questions our integrity because we are not living up to our work.
The truth is there a lot of things in your life that you need to quit doing. Some of them were never healthy (like smoking) to begin with, but others started out as helpful, but no longer are.
For example, there might be a class that you started because you thought it would help your career, but since you started the class your goals have changed. By staying in the class you are wasting time and money on the class.
BUT…there is a part of you that won’t let you do it because quitting is a sign of weakness. Quitting signals your lack of integrity. And quitters never win!
I Give You Permission To Quit!
I want you to be a quitter. I want you to give up. I want you to let go of commitments you have made.
Not all of them. Not even most of them. Just the ones that are no longer serving you.
As you think about that is there a knot in your stomach? If so, tap along to this:
There is a part of me that doesn’t want me to quit…Because quitters never win…And winners never quit…But this is no longer serving me…It is a waste of my time and effort…It is holding me back…I am not quitting it because it is hard…I am not quitting it because it is too much…I am quitting it because I need to be doing something else…Quitting this is not a sign of weakness…It is a sign of strength to let go of something that is no longer serving me…It is OK for me to quit this thing that is no longer good for me…It is better for me to quit…I am not failing…I am crafting the life I want and need to create…I am not choosing away from something…but instead choosing toward something that is serving me.
Getting More Help Taking The Right Action
Taking the right action is about knowing what right action to take, the right actions to quit, and having a clear vision in how all those things work together. If would like help creating the courage to quit the tasks and activities that are no longer serving you I encourage you to check out the Ruach Center where we have over 290 tools, tap along audios, and resources to help release what is not serving you and take the action that does.