What To Do When You Feel Like Quitting

What To Do When You Feel Like Quitting

Sometimes, life knocks us down real good. It throws us punches we feel we can’t come back from. 

Sometimes, it feels as though no matter how hard we try, we just don’t get the same breaks as others.

Sometimes, we’re so exhausted mentally and physically that we just want to  give up.

But here’s the thing: If you quit, you’ll never know what you could have achieved. You’ll spend the rest of your life wondering “what if?” 

Still thinking of quitting? Here are some things to do when you feel like giving up:

Remember Your Reason Why 

I’m pretty sure that, at some point in their career, every single fighter and athlete has felt like quitting at some point. Maybe they wanted to quit when they were still a kid, or maybe they felt like throwing the towel in after an injury set them back. 

But the Best of the Best always circle back to their reason “Why.”

What’s your reason for doing this? Why do you get up at 5am in the morning and bust a gut in the gym? 

Without a solid enough “Why” it’svery hard to stay focussed. Instead of being driven, you’re instead relying on scraps of motivation to keep you going. 

And eventually, those scraps will run out. 

Know your Why, remind yourself of your Why constantly, and use it to drive you onwards during your darkest moments. 

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Remember There Is A Point To This

How many times have we heard people say, “I’m quitting cause I’llnever be good enough,”? 

The word “never” is used a lot. The problem is that it’s a self-imposed limiting belief.

When people start saying “I’ll never complete it,” or “I’llnever do this,” they’re relaying information to their nervous system that will - over time - convince their nervous system that, yeah, maybe theywon’t ever do this.

Such limiting beliefs are just that -beliefs. They’re not real. They hold us back. But the thing is, we can easily change these limiting beliefs by changing the way we word things. 

Instead of saying, “I’ll never do this, so what’s the point?” repeat to yourself, “I can do this, my time will come!”

Simply recalibrating your vocabulary can have a huge impact on your mindset and the way you look at things. 

Take A Time Out 

Don’t get me wrong, it seems that the elite athletes are hitting it raw all the time. 

But it’s just not true. Even the world champions take a time out now and then to spend some quality time with their family. It’s needed. 

And it’s especially needed if you feel as though you’ve hit a rut that you can’t push past. 

Maybe now is the time to take a breather. Take a moment to enjoy other aspects of your life. Practice gratitude, see your family, and re-strategize. When it’s time to make a return, you’ll feel fresher and more focused. 

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Final Thoughts: Prepare For Discomfort 

As a final point, no one said life was gonna be easy. All of life is a challenge - a mental and physical war that we must do battle with each day.

Unless you prepare for discomfort, you’ll always shirk whenever you hit a rough patch. 

Learn to accept that you’re going to feel uncomfortable from time to time. Ride it out -embrace it where possible. It’s only by digging in deep when life throws all it can at you while you say “go on, do your worst!” that you’ll overcome the hard bits before enjoying the fruits of your labor. 

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