Giving up often looks like the solution to everything that’s wrong in the moment.
But it never is.
It’s a mirage.
When we’re overwhelmed or worn out, giving up may quiet the noise, and end the pain, temporarily, but it doesn’t actually fix the underlying problems. In fact, it usually creates more.
Resist the temptation to grab quick relief in exchange for eternal regret.
Don’t lock in failure, by quitting before you’ve reached the top of the mountain. Yes, you’re tired. Yes, every muscle and joint aches. You’ve got blisters on your blisters. But stopping now, means all that work was for nothing.
You went through all of that and never got to see the view from the top. Or feel the satisfaction of finishing the race.
Don’t waste your pain.
Once we give ourselves permission to quit, it’s unlikely we’re going to reach the top of the next mountain, either.
And IF we ever try again, there’s a good chance we’re gonna quit even sooner than we did the first time.
When we know going in, that we will allow ourselves to stop anywhere short of the finish line, it’s far more likely that we’ll bail at the first sign of inconvenience or discomfort.
When we have in the back of our mind that we can give up, we probably will.
Eventually, that pattern of defeat becomes a lifestyle. We start rationalizing. We tell ourselves that the view from down here isn’t so bad.
We give up on our dream. We settle.
Listen, nothing good comes easy. It takes work, pain and sacrifice to achieve anything worth doing.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
– Galatians 6:9