How easy is it to give up? To be completely blunt, it’s arguably easier than breathing. Quitting just comes natural to most people, including myself. A part of me doesn’t even want to finish this post, but I am trying hard not to become a mockery of myself. This is as much of a pep talk for me as it is for you, because sticking with things sometimes feels nearly impossible. That is the reason for this week’s Monday Motivation, in which, we will focus on persistence and why giving up should rarely be an option.
I am a quitter. I know it’s hard to see or maybe I’m more transparent than I realize, either way I know I have a problem with giving up. Here’s a list of transgressions that quickly come to mind:
Finance Degree. Abandoned.
Rap. Relinquished. (But rightfully so. I had no bars. Straight trash, homie.)
Think about it. If I didn’t quit, I would currently be a married skateboarding financial pianist who still occasionally tries to rap when no one’s around. Now if that don’t sound amazing then I don’t know what is. That is why I place so much emphasis on persistence. Who knows what you could become if you just stick with it.
An area that I find a lot of people lose persistence in is fitness. Prime example: visit a gym in January and compare that to the same gym in March or April. A lot of “New Year’s Resolution” people are missing in action.
Because working out is freaking hard! Ain’t nothing sweet about beating up your body on a regular basis. Look at the guy on the cover of Men’s Health with the six pack abs you want, or that girl on Instagram selling Flat Tummy Tea with the butt you wish you had. The difference between them and most is persistence.
Going to the gym and not giving up when things aren’t necessarily going the way you want. If today is your gym day, make sure you go. Tired? Go. Sore? Go. Don’t feel like it? Go. Trust me, it will benefit you in the long run.
This rule also applies to my art types as well. You guys aren't off the hook. Can anyone explain to me how you can perfect your craft without persistence?
Speaking from experience, writing can get quite dull when you lack that spark of an idea. I can rightfully assume the same when it comes to drawing, designing, composing, etc. Do you just give up when that happens or do you actively search for inspiration? Not one person is an artistic genius all the time, so it is vital to endure and weather the storm.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” - Calvin Coolidge
This week's goal is for you to not give up, at least for this week. What ever task is frustrating you, continue it whole heartedly. Whether it’s completing a chapter in that book you don’t really like but you’re already half way through so you know you have to finish it— or just getting to ten reps on a set when you normally do eight. Keep going, keep pushing, and the results will speak for themselves.