Sometimes things don’t quite work out the way you would like them to. What do you do when a supposed ‘obstacle’ shows up? Do you give up and walk away? Do you fight and rebel? Do you ask questions and look at different possibilities? Do you laugh and try again?
It’s quite funny that a recent episode of my radio show was called ‘Never Give Up, Never Give, Never Quit’ – as the amount of technical difficulties we experienced had us dropping of air for minutes at a time and at certain times not being sure if we were online or just talking to the wind! But I and my extremely irrepressible colleague, Jonas Svensson, did not give up!
What does it mean to never give up?
What if that looks different to what we have been told?
Not giving up and never quitting isn’t just about sticking to the things you choose. How many times have you been told that you were a ‘quitter’ when you stopped doing something? Sometimes, giving away what you are currently doing and choosing something different isn’t actually giving up on you, because you are willing to whatever it takes to move forward.
Jonas has a really interesting background, coming from what on the outside would appear to be the perfect work-life: “I did find the ‘right’ job according to everyone else. If I had just stuck with that, that would’ve actually been me giving up and quitting. I had an awesome job according to this reality – benefits salary, position… for me it felt like dying slowly. I learned a lot and got a lot out of it, I am grateful for everything it created for me, but if I stayed there I would have been giving up on what I know, on what else is possible.”
What if trying to get things right was actually giving up on you? If if you are trying to get it ‘right’ all the time, are you waking up and loving your life each day? Are you being kind to you, grateful to you, and having your own back, and willing to succeed at what you choose to do? Every time you go to doubt, judgment, “this is not possible”, every time you are too tired, any justification you have in place is where you start to quit.
Recently, I realised that I had become complacent in certain areas of my life – and that even complacency is a form of giving up! It’s where we don’t stretch ourselves anymore, it’s where we have decided we have got it good, or good enough, or we are on a good thing and we don’t keep asking questions or wondering how it can expand and generate more.
Despite the technical hiccups and long silences on our radio show, Jonas and I still managed to talk about not quitting in regards to creating business, committing to your life, being willing to succeed and creating your future, with some great tools. So if you are feeling tenacious, have a listen to our replay here.