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12 Things to do when you feel like quitting

Success is taking one more step, again.

Sometimes you feel like quitting. It might be after a big win or before a huge challenge. Maybe progress is slow or the goal is out of sight. Quitting is most tempting when pushing through matters most.

Success is taking one more step, again.

Here are 12 things to do when you feel like quitting:

1. Think of someone who didnít quit. My dad was the toughest man I ever knew. The grit in me lived in him first and in his father before him.

2. Believe in your ability to learn, grow, and adapt.

3. Reflect on behaviours that arenít serving you well. Quit what isnít working. Focus on what is.

4. Repeat behaviours that give you energy.

5. Keep big goals in the back of your mind and next imperfect steps in the front of your mind.

6. Think weeks not days, months not weeks, years not months.

7. Think a little about how far youíve come and a lot about whatís next.

8. Focus more on process and less on result.

9. Remember the quitters you have known.

10. Concentrate on something you can change.

11. Take a break. Have some fun.

12. Realise that your purpose has many expressions.

ďAll the adversity Iíve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realise it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you,Ē said Walt Disney.

You matter. Your grit strengthens others. You matter more than you think. When you quit, it makes others feel like quitting.

Lighten up. Energy spent beating yourself down sabotages progress. Stop beating on yourself. You arenít good at everything. Weakness in one area isnít weakness in all areas. Compensate for weaknesses. Maximise strengths.

What do you do when you feel like quitting?


Dan Rockwell is a coach, speaker and is freakishly interested in leadership. He is an author of a world-renowned most socially shared leadership blog, Leadership Freak. To get in touch with Dan, write to us at editor@leaderonomics.com

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