Quitting Too Soon

It's the third week in January and Monday, the 20th is "Blue Monday"; a day which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. Many had resolutions on the first of the month that have probably been abandoned by now. Excessive bills from the holiday season are quickly coming due. Resolutions we vowed to stick with this year are no longer alluring. The decision to eat right and exercise, to save more and spend less or to get to work on those goals we have been carrying around as excess baggage for years is not being backed up by any solid actions making them no more than wishful aspirations.

We all give up on things we once deemed important. You do it and I do it too. We are super-excited when we get started on a new endeavor or at the beginning of a new year, but those miserable things called obstacles and challenges rear their ugly heads and we decide our dreams weren't mean to be after all. We retreat or dream a different dream and embark on yet another new journey. New always seems to be better. We stick with nothing long enough to reap the rewards. We are found to be constantly changing the fruit.

The truth is nothing is good the first go-round. If it were possible for us to become experts overnight, we all would be. But expertise takes time to develop. It demands consistency. It requires that we keep going even with the threat of failure and disappointment. Quitting too quickly just because things are not going our way impedes success and stops us from accomplishing anything worthwhile. Being successful means persevering despite setbacks. It means staying focused on your goals and not caving into the temptation to give up when things get difficult.

Harriet Beecher Stowe said it well with this quote: "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till seems as if you couldn't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that's just the place and time that the tide'll turn." Do yourself a favor, don't quit on your dreams. Keep pressing forward. Your breakthrough may be just around the corner. If you are suffering from "Blue Monday" this week, focus on your goals rather than the way you feel. Find things that positively enhance your mood and do them. Abandon weakness and put on your courage suit. Success is always a product of persistence and drudgery. It always means not quitting too soon.

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