Let me start by prefacing this blog with I don’t believe you should keep doing something that isn’t important. You have to decide what is important and never quit on those things. In my world I have a few of those “Never Quit” items that I outlined in my self-published book titled 7 Ways to More.
This book turned in to a manifesto for me. Manifesto definition: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. It was important for me to do this at the time that I did it, because I was having success and I wanted to document the reasons for that success. So when things got tough, I could be reminded of what I used to do, and do a gut check and see if I was still doing those things. It also became a declaration for myself that said these things are the most important things in my life, and I am publicly committing to them forever.
So here are a few of those never quit things:
- Never quit on your health and fitness
- Never quit on your personal development and self-education
- Never quit on the pursuit of fame and fortune, mainly the fortune.
- Never quit on your friends for life.
- Never quit on your marriage
- Never quit on setting and accomplishing goals.
- Never quit on your family.
This is my never quit list. If you don’t have a list of never quit items. I would encourage you to create one. If you don’t draw the line in the sand today, the chances are you will cross that imaginary line tomorrow. You will do something you don’t want to do, or you will stop doing something that you should do or that is important for you to do.
I was recently scrolling through my news feed on Facebook. I can’t count how many times I read where someone was re-committing themselves to their health and fitness. They had taken time off from it for whatever reason and was now getting back to it.
Let me first say I have done this before. Yes. Way before I ever wrote my book or my list of never quits. Hence the reason for the writing of the list.
When you quit something you are saying that this is no longer important to me. You are saying that there are more important things in my life than this (whatever this is) right now. You are also setting yourself up for a very difficult time when you decide to go back to whatever it is as well. When you quit something for a while it is a hard road back. One that is full of pain and discipline and regret. Regret, that you allowed yourself to venture off as far as you did.
I can remember when I slacked for a season or two on health and fitness and then I got back in to it. I said “never again”. I will get back in shape again once, and will stay there forever.
After graduating from college with my bachelors of science, I took some time off from my learning. During that period of time not much happened for me either. Until, I made the decision to make regular and frequent deposits in my self-education and personal development, I did not grow.
Growth comes from putting ideas in. For you to have ideas coming out, you must have ideas going in. I made the decision that I would never ever quit learning again. And I am not talking about the learning you get on the job. Most people think that is development. It can be. However, development and growth only comes from an intentional movement on your part to grow.
To grow you have to devote time, resources, and be willing to get feedback on your growth. Most people do none of the three. They instead think that just because they have been in leadership, sales, or whatever role it is they are in. And they have successfully lead people who get paid to follow them, they are growing somehow. You have to make time, spend the money, and get the gift of feedback on how you are doing to actually grow.
To ensure I never quit on the above to aforementioned areas on my never quit list. I must always be creating, setting and managing my goals. A goal properly set is half-way accomplished. Why don’t people accomplish goals? Because they never set them. In my health and fitness and my personal development I continue to set goals on a daily and yearly basis. This one exercise in goal setting is responsible for much of my success I have had up until this point and I know it will be responsible for the success I have in the future.
If you have quit setting goals. Now is the time to get back to it. If you do nothing I have suggested in this blog, do this one thing of setting goals in your personal and business life. Things will only get better for you.
Create your “Never Quit” list today. I don’t know what it is for you, but you must do it today. You never want to find yourself in a situation where you have to make a decision to not do something that you should be doing, make the decision today and manage it forever.
To your success and your future.