When the Going Gets Tough
“90% of all those who fail in life are not actually defeated, they just simply quit…” – Paul J. Meyer
The other day, as I was volunteering at a community center and scraping paint off a window, I had an amazing realization about life and the quote above. I had scraped off almost all of the paint. There was about 2% left. I stopped and looked at the job and had a thought that perhaps someone else could come and continue this while I went in and did something else. That was when I started looking at life and people’s behaviors from a different perspective. The truth of the quote came at me like a lightening bolt! I looked at the window.
I was about to QUIT! No way was I going to be among the 90% that give up before achieving success! I furiously began scraping off the last pieces of paint, vowing to forge ahead in all my endeavors and to study the addiction of quitting. After having accomplished cleaning off the window, I felt a tremendous amount of success and well being.
That’s it in a nutshell. We human beings give up and quit. Quitting knocks down our self-esteem and our confidence. Quitting keeps us small and stops us from creating larger and more glorious achievements in our life. What if we stopped “waiting” to build up our self-confidence and took action? Taking action builds self-confidence, not the other way around. For me that was a pretty simple and yet profound discovery. Duh! I finally got it and catapulted myself into actions that I had only been thinking about previously.
“JUST DO IT”… that little slogan has so much power in it. Experience the truth of that for yourself, especially as you venture into the new year and the new creations for 2013. Just do it, and then enjoy the feelings of happiness your accomplishments create within you.