Don’t Quit! Do This Instead

Before you quit, try this...

There’s many days I feel like quitting. I don’t want to sit down at the computer and write a blog post. Or maybe I’m halfway through a run when my feet and legs begin to hurt.

The pain I’m feeling is almost too much to go on. These are the times I feel like quitting.

But I don’t.

We all want to quit. But quitting isn't the answer. This is.

Lok the Vizsla telling me to keep going

Have you ever been there? Do you ever feel like you want to quit and give up on pursuing your passions?

Don’t be afraid to say you do. I know the truth because I’m there frequently. And I’m sure you are as well.

It’s okay to want to quit. Quitting is the default thought when the going gets tough and you have to push through harder than before.

But don’t quit. Don’t give up. Keep going.

How To Keep Going When You Want To Quit

Recently, I was on a 40-minute run with my Vizsla, Lok. The run started off great. We hit the 5-minute mark and our average pace was in the low 7-minute range. Then we hit the 10-minute mark and I was feeling fatigued. By the 20-minute mark, I wanted to be done.

Knowing this wouldn’t be fair to Lok, I changed my strategy. The thought of giving up was still there. Yet I was able to push through. You can too.

When you feel like quitting, be willing to take a break. This is what I did.

At the 20-minute mark, I paused my running activity on Runkeeper (the app I use to track my runs). Lok and I walked back and forth on the bike trail for a couple of minutes. Then we got back to running.

After another 10 minutes, I was tired again. I wanted to quit again. So, I rested. We paused and walked it off. We recovered and were able to finish up the 40-minute, 5-mile run without fully quitting.

Resting when you want to quit will give you a time to recover. Resting also gives you a new perspective on your situation.

You are able to get your bearings and see the truth. You can finish what you started. There’s no reason to quit.

Resting allows you to regroup and recover. You can get back in the game and finish strong.

Don’t quit because you’re tired. Rest, recover, and see what things look like then.

You may be surprised. With a period of rest, you’ll be ready to tackle the thing you thought you couldn’t overcome.

Question: When you wanted to quit, have you tried resting? How did resting impact your view on the situation? Let me know in the comment section below.

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  • Wish I would’ve implemented rest in my life before my cardiac event! Guess the 2nd time around is good enough :). Rest is crucial, especially when launching new products or services.

    • I think we all wish we knew something before we run into the trouble we run into. Glad it wasn’t a fatal mistake!