How many times have you quit something even though you were real close to the finish? Just think how the world might have been different if certain people had quit. If Thomas Edison had quit after his 10,000 attempt to make a light bulb, we still might be in the dark. What if Michael Jordan, after getting cut from his high school basketball team, had quit? We might not have seen the greatest player of all time fundamentally change the game. What if the Wright brothers gave up? Some French guy would be given credit for flight and the United States might not have been the first on the moon.
Quitting has some serious consequences that may not ever be known. Quitting can alter the paths of families in very negative ways. Parents lead by example and if children witness a parent quit they too might end up without the backbone to stick it out when life gets tough.
It is my observation that a quitter isn’t a very good beginner either. Why do people quit (or not begin something)?
There are perhaps many answers to this question. May I suggest the most prevalent one?
I believe there are three enemies that create a quitter; indecision, doubt and fear. As the great author and motivation expert Napoleon Hill wrote in his best seller, Think and Grow Rich, “Indecision is the seedling of fear! Indecision crystallizes into doubt; the two blend and become fear!” This process is so slow that many never recognize their own fear. Hill said, “Fears are nothing more than states of mind.”
So how does fear cause someone to quit or never begin?
Human beings can’t create anything unless it first is conceived in the mind as a form of thought. Man’s thoughts begin to immediately “translate themselves into their physical equivalent, whether those thoughts are voluntary or involuntary”, Hill stated. So if a person has an involuntary thought in the form of fear, they will begin to translate the fear into reality, or its physical equivalent.
Let’s look at an example of how fear would be translated to quitting. Let’s say Michael Jordan when he was cut from his high school basketball team would have thought, “I’m not a good player and working hard would never make me better.” If that were translated into its physical equivalent then Michael Jordan would have never worked hard to get better and his fear of not being a good player would have come true. However, Michael Jordan did not have that thought. He might have had this thought, “I’m going to be the greatest player on the high school team next year!” With this thought he worked very hard on his game. He not only made the team, he was the best player the following year. Thus, the physical equivalent was realized.
In my own experience in doing Ironman Triathlon I, too, have had fear manifest itself to its physical equivalent. I used to say, “I started late into triathlon and I’ll always be a slow runner.” Guess what? The physical equivalent came true. I didn’t do what was needed to become faster. Once I realized my fear, I changed my thought to, “I’m a very fast runner!” After I said that, I began to be very focused on making it come true. I ended up having surgery on my ankle to remove some bone spurs and to work very hard at becoming that fast runner. I’m at least 1 minute faster per mile now than a year ago, i.e., the physical equivalent of my thought is coming true.
This truth works everytime. Napoleon Hill discovered the top six fears as:
- The fear of poverty
- The fear of criticism
- The fear of ill health
- The fear of loss of love of someone
- The fear of old age
- The fear of death
Let’s just examine a few and see if their physical equivalent has manifested itself across this nation.
Did you know that 95% of Americans never achieve financial independence and that 5% of the population controls 95% of the wealth? Does this look that most have the fear of poverty?
How about the sorry state of American health? There are rapid rises in obesity and the number one killer in America is a lifestyle choice and can be reversed; heart disease. Seams like this physical equivalent is related to the third fear of ill health.
As simple as this concept, it has stopped many people from achieving their dreams. They “fear” themselves to quit or to never begin. The opposite is also true; successful and healthy people “think” themselves to success.
Thus the following truth becomes self evident, “You’ve only failed if you quit.” Stated another way you might say, “As long as you don’t give up and quit, you still can achieve your goals.”
The next time you want to quit or not begin, examine your indecision, doubts and fears for in them is the devil that wants to help you quit.