When is it Right to Give Up?
By, Joanne Troppello
According to Albert Einstein, Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Do I believe that philosophy? Well, yes—and, no. Let me explain my theory.
I do agree that if you’re trying something over and over again and you’re not getting the desired results, maybe it’s time to call it quits. After all, who wants to waste valuable time and energy on something that is not getting any results? I don’t and I don’t think you do either. So when do you know it’s time to quit?
On the flip side of the coin, there are times when you do need to keep doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for the same result—plain and simple—success. For example, if you are an author or own you’re a business or work from home…whatever you are doing to make an income, you need to follow some simple core steps to get success and maintain it.
You need to be consistent. You need to blog everyday (or pay someone else do it for you).
It pays off in the long run to blog and provide consistent, reliable content which will drive new traffic to your site. That’s what you want—a steady stream of traffic to your site—both new and returning customers. Blogging will help you do that.
You need to believe in your business, your product and yourself and continue branding it. If no one knows who you are or what your business is, you’re not going to make the sales you need to make.
You also need to have a dogged determination in whatever it is that you are doing in order to succeed. Even if you don’t own your own business or aren’t an author or someone promoting something, you still need to follow certain core steps daily, even at your job. We’re all aiming to be successful, well, at least most of us are. Working our way up the ladder of success takes time, perseverance, consistency in our actions and a strong desire to never give up. Many successful people had millions of failures before they achieved success.
The ones who fail in the end, are the ones who get out of the kitchen when the fire gets too hot. True, obstacles will come your way. This is life and obstacles are never going to completely vanish out of your pathway. The difference is that successful people know how to do the same thing over and over again and get good results. What is that? They know how to keep on keeping on when the going gets tough. They make a solid decision never to give up and bow out of the race.
If you’re at a place today where you feel like you want to give up, don’t.
Dig deep inside yourself and know that just as Proverbs 29:18 says, without vision, the people perish—similarly, you need to keep the visions and dreams alive in your heart that God has given you. Dreams are wonderful and it only takes a mustard seed to make a dream grow, so cultivate those dreams in your heart and believe that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. God has a plan for your life. The only step He asks you to take is to trust Him and allow Him to be Lord of your life. Commit your plans to Him and He will help you succeed.
Julie Andrews said, "Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." What do you think about persevering and never giving up? Is there a time to give up when you're continuing to do the same thing and not getting any results?