"The difference in winning and losing is most often... not quitting."
Sometimes the universe gives us nudges :) I've been meaning to write a blog post about not quitting for the last week or so when I came across this as the "quote of the day" in my inbox this morning. Message received Universe, write the damn post!
The words above are so simple but so true. How often have we been on the verge of success with something when we simply give up? Maybe times got tough, things got hard, everything seemed against us. We felt like we were working our tails off with no results. What's the point?, we ask ourselves. The point is that quitters rarely succeed, plain and simple! It's tempting to point the finger at everyone and everything besides ourselves when we feel we're not seeing results as fast as we want (I know I've done that!) and it's easy to throw in the towel BUT it will never be as rewarding as sticking with actions that will get you the results that you want. This can be in personal goals, business goals, fitness goals, WHATEVER. Persistent and consistent action gets results every time.
As a coach I all too often see people give up before they reach their true potential and it always makes me sad and also a little angry. More than once I've heard. "I'm not like you", It's not easy for me to be fit like it is for you", "I wasn't born that way", "It's easy for you to coach, I'm not like that", "I don't have the time", etc, etc. etc. You get the picture. Well I'm going to share a little secret...It's not always easy for me either. 100% truth! That's not to say my life is a constant struggle, far from it, only that behind every single one of my successes is a plateau that I broke or a sticking point I got through. More than likely a moment where I said "screw this! it's not worth it" but knew in my heart of hearts that it was so I dusted myself off and kept going.
Take my running for example. I've set a personal goal of running a marathon this November and have been diligently training for it. Some days my runs ROCK and some days I honestly would rather be back in bed. It's on those days when I get stronger by running anyway since I know it is just one more step closer to my goal. If I set out my first day, tried to run 20 miles, found I couldn't do it and gave up would that make sense to anyone?? Absolutely not and that is why we have to trust that all those little actions we are doing to get to where we want to be will add up and leads us there. 8 weeks ago I could not run 9 miles straight, no I can. Now I can probably not run 20 miles straight but in 8 weeks I will :)
So the take away from this is that if you truly want something, believe in yourself and DON'T QUIT!! That alone will put you ahead of the game. Trust me I've tried it both ways ;)
It's up to you to create your best life peeps, what do YOU want??