Jobs, Marriages, Diets, Fitness Programs, Parenting, Relationships, Friendships, Churches, and School are areas of our lives that most of us have had to decide at one point or another, to “just quit” or push through.
“Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”
“Quitting” is not always associated with a negative outcome. There are situations where quitting may be the right decision, such as letting go of unhealthy relationships, reevaluating career choices, or making room for new opportunities. However, in cases where persistence and commitment are essential for personal growth or long-term success, developing strategies to overcome the factors can be valuable.
There are so many times when giving up is the “easy” route. That path is wide and leads to destruction. Marriages are one area we need to be persistent, patient, and understanding with our spouse. When we think we just can’t take it, that the grass is greener somewhere else, that is when we must dig in and fight for our marriages. I often say I don’t always “like” my wife, but I always “LOVE” my wife. Unless there is an unmistakable pattern of physical or verbal abuse, find a way to PUSH THROUGH those tough times. It is worth it!
Take new fitness routines. It is estimated that over 80% of all new year’s resolutions are broken by February. The primary reason is because it is a new habit. It takes 6-8 weeks for a habit to become routine. PUSH THROUGH! There is a great reward on the other side for your health and self-esteem.
People find it relatively easy to quit various endeavors or commitments for a range of complex reasons, and these reasons can vary from person to person. Below are common factors that contribute to why people may find it easier to quit:
- Lack of Motivation: When individuals lack a strong sense of motivation or a clear purpose for what they’re doing, it’s easier for them to give up when faced with challenges or obstacles.
- Instant Gratification: Many people are drawn to activities that offer immediate rewards or gratification. If a task or goal doesn’t provide quick and tangible results, they may lose interest and quit.
- Difficulty and Frustration: When faced with challenges or difficulties, some individuals may feel overwhelmed or frustrated. They might quit because they perceive the effort required to overcome obstacles as too great.
- Unrealistic Expectations: Setting overly ambitious or unrealistic goals can lead to feelings of inadequacy and failure. When people realize they cannot achieve these goals as quickly as they hoped, they may give up.
- Lack of Discipline: Discipline and self-control are essential for maintaining long-term commitments. People who struggle with self-discipline may find it easier to quit when faced with temptations or distractions.
- External Pressure: Sometimes, external pressures, such as peer pressure, societal expectations, or family demands, can lead people to quit pursuits they’re not genuinely interested in or passionate about.
- Fear of Failure: A fear of failure can be a significant factor in quitting. Some people would rather avoid the possibility of failing altogether than face the challenges associated with persevering.
- Burnout: Overcommitting or overextending oneself can lead to burnout. When individuals feel physically or emotionally exhausted, they may choose to quit to prioritize their well-being.
- Lack of Support: A lack of support from friends, family, or a community can make it difficult for individuals to stay committed to a particular endeavor.
- Perceived Alternatives: Sometimes, people quit one thing because they believe there’s a more attractive or rewarding alternative available to them.
Before you quit, do the following before you make a decision.
- Consult with a trusted advisor or friend who will give you honest feedback.
- Evaluate the short- and long-term effects of giving up or quitting. Make it a list or the Pros and Cons
- Decide if this is worth fighting for or if settling for mediocrity is a healthy option.
- Pray! Too often we make small and large decisions in our life without seeking the advice of the one who is in charge! Give God the time he deserves to help you make the right choice! He will guide your path!
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and rescued me from all my fears.”