Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

I just arrived in Louisiana to visit my family for the week and I’m so excited for long sleeps, movies with my dad, and dinners with my mom and sister.

I’m writing you today to chat about something important that can be quick sneaky – quitting 😉

I don’t necessarily consider myself a quitter, but I’ve wanted to quit many times in my life.

I wanted to quit softball in third grade when I got hit in the eye with the ball.

I wanted to quit middle school when I lost the class election and didn’t become treasurer (so funny!)

I wanted to quit my freshman year in college when I found myself thousands of miles from home – lost, confused, and sad.

I even wanted to quit my family in my early 20s when my parents got divorced.

The desire to quit is normal – but how do you know when to throw in the towel or when to push through and keep going?

Sometimes, quitting means honoring our truth and leaving a situation that isn’t working anymore like a job, a relationship, or a city.

But sometimes quitting is actually just the easy way out.
Sometimes quitting isn’t the best choice for our soul even though it may be masked in good intentions.

Sometimes, we simply want to quit because we’re too afraid to push ourselves out of our comfort zone.

 
Often times this type of quitting isn’t obvious. Our brain makes up really good reasons not to face our fears. Your brain would rather you quit than get hurt (which is why I wanted to quit softball when I got physically hurt and why I wanted to quit school and my family when I was feeling emotionally hurt).

Quitting can sometimes be your brain’s sneaky way of keeping you safe and small.

I’d love to say that this doesn’t happen to me anymore, but i still want to quit all the time!

Last week, I was getting ready for a trip to DC to meet with my book editor and coach. I’ve been devoted to this book for months and recently finished my manuscript.

I was scheduled to attend a weekend-long workshop to discuss all things book. But the day before I was scheduled to leave, I woke up with a nasty sinus infection.

Since I hadn’t been sick in over 3 years, I was surprised and so annoyed! Of all times to get sick! I started scanning my options and the more I thought about canceling my trip, the more excited I got.

I started fantasizing about spending the weekend of the couch with no plans and ordering my favorite Greek takeout food.

I called the airline.

I emailed my book editor.

I wasn’t going.

I kept telling myself that the hardest part was over… I’d written the book! But halfway through my chat with the United airline lady, I realized that I was lying to myself.

The hardest part wasn’t over. The hardest part is NEVER over.

 
The hardest part is committing to yourself over and over again to become the future best version of who you are meant to be.  The hardest part is showing up even after the momentum fades.  The hardest part is staying to devoted to your dreams and your larger vision no how many times your brain wants you to quit.

Being lonely or sad or scared or not “the best” at something isn’t really a reason to stop showing up for yourself or your dreams.

If you’re stretching yourself outside of your comfort zone, you will find a million reasons not to show up. You’ll want to quit. You’ll want to seek safety. That’s normal.

But next time you want to cut and run – can you stop to take an honest look at the real reason you want to quit?

If you wanted to make the future version of you proud – how would you stay committed no matter what?

Please let me know in the comments below how you would stay committed no matter what! I’d love to hear from you.

 
Sometimes spiritual mastery is staying when all you want to do is run away.

May you always feel confident in your decisions to stay or go. But, no matter what, may you never give up.

Xo,

Julie

Like this? Sign up for updates from my heart to yours!

Speak Your Mind

*

SIMILAR POSTS

Drinking wine (the life of a grapevine).

I’m up in wine country with my husband and 4 friends.  Yesterday, the 6 of us went to an amazing family-owned winery for a tourread more

15 Ways to Get Unstuck

Sometimes, things are shifting below the surface in our lives.   Do you know what I mean?   I’m talking about those moments, those days,read more