Have you ever felt like quitting? Have you ever been faced with a challenge that seemed too difficult to overcome? I know I have. And in those moments, it’s easy to think that quitting is the easy way out. But is it really?
Recently, I was re-listening to John F. Kennedy’s speech about going to the moon. He famously said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” And it got me thinking. If we had just given up when things got tough, we never would have made it to the moon. And the same goes for anything else we want to achieve in life.
Quitting may seem easy in the moment, but in the long run, it leaves us with everything we brought to the table. We cannot simply walk away from our problems, our thoughts, or our emotions. We cannot escape ourselves. Instead, we need to face our challenges head-on and do the hard things that need to be done.
Of course, this is easier said than done. It takes effort, dedication, and sacrifice. But it’s also what takes us toward our best selves. When we persevere through challenges, we learn, we grow, and we become stronger. We become the kind of people who are capable of achieving great things.
That’s not to say that taking breaks or talking about our feelings isn’t important. It absolutely is. But we should use them as tools to help us cope with the challenges ahead, not as excuses to avoid doing the hard things.
So, I invite you to join me in picking up our shovels and tackling the hard things in front of us. Let’s become the best versions of ourselves, and let’s remember that quitting may seem like the easy way out, but it’s ultimately a dead-end road that leaves us with nowhere to go but back to ourselves.
Wherever we go…There we are!
What did you NOT QUIT today?