It would be so very easy to say those words. When our finances crumble a little or crash completely, just say “I quit”! Two simple little words. But, they have a whole set of repercussions.
I can’t count the number of times in the last several years, when the weight and toil of digging ourselves out of this well of debt that we dropped ourselves into, where I wouldn’t have liked to have just said “I quit.” But I haven’t yet.
Part of the reason why I haven’t is the social stigma that is associated with the result of saying “I quit”. Bankruptcy. Granted, the social stigma has decreased a lot in the last couple of years, but it’s still there. Another thing that keeps me from quitting is the challenge of getting out of the mess on my own. I like the challenge. The side effect with that, is that what happens when the I begin winning that challenge? A new challenge arises and I lose ground on the last challenge.
Which is why it would be so much easier to say “I quit.”
I find it difficult to remain focused. And, admittedly, I’ve lost the focus a time or two. Not only in finances but in other things as well. But, if you lose your focus, you’ve got to gain it back. And hopefully, it won’t come back because the loss of focus cost you something, but merely because you felt it go.
Stick with it!
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Freddie @ Real Estate Investing says
I have been using a quote lately to keep me in the game and staying away from quitting that I would like to share with you cause it sounds like you might need it.
The quote is from the poem “DON’T QUIT” and happens to be the last line of the poem as well.
“It’s when things seem worst, that you must not QUIT!”
Take it to heart, stay in the game, and keep fighting as long as you have fight in you.
And trust me, I know the feeling all too well. I am in the middle of transitioning businesses as shutting my last one down last year due to the economic shift. Just didn’t make sense staying in the business to me. And now I am fighting to stay alive…..but I must not quite. I must stay in the game. I have a family and they need me to pull myself up by my bootstraps and soldier on until we kill this debt, create some savings, and live the life we dreamed.
I WILL NOT QUIT!!!