“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
– Thomas Edison
Becoming a Navy SEAL seems to be the toughest mental and physical challenge one can undertake voluntarily.
Not only are the conditions harsh and unforgiving, you have to face the forces that work against you from within.
The little voice that tells you that the pain is too much and it’d be a lot easier to just give up.
There’s also a constant barrage from the instructors reminding you that it’s completely voluntary and that you can give up any time you want to.
However, there is a catch.
If you want to give up, you have to ring the bell.
You have to admit that you just don’t want it bad enough. Your body may be beat, but it’s your mind that’s broken.
So ask yourself: “How bad do I want it?”
What are you willing to sacrifice and do to succeed?
The training ground for creative people isn’t physical or mental in the same way as the SEALs. It is however within ourselves.
What limits do we put on ourselves? Can we trust others with our doubts and fears? Are we willing to fail so big that we’ll get laughed out of town? And will we still keep trying?
If not? Find something else. Find something that puts a fire in your belly and do that!
We all have that bell. We don’t have to put ourselves through the pain. We can choose to jingle that bell and be done with it. It’s easy. It’s safe.
But every time we’re about to give in to doubt, fear and pain imagine ringing that bell. Imagine that if we give in now we’re not welcome back. We’ve said no to whatever it is that we want accomplish.
Then we ask ourselves: “Which pain is worse? The one I’m feeling right now or the one I’ll feel tomorrow knowing I rang that bell?”.
Which will you choose?
“When I decided to be a musician I reckoned that that was going to be the way of less profit, less money. I was sort of giving up the idea of making a lot of money. It was what I loved to do. I would have done it anyway. If I’d had to work at Taco Bell I’d have still been out at night trying to play music.”
– Tom Petty
“I’m the kind of guy that once I decide I’m going to do something I have a hard time just giving up on it without giving it a fair shot.”
– Drew Roy
“As a writer, you can’t allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward.”
– Augusten Burroughs
“There will be times when you just can’t seem to land an acting job, and you feel like giving up. Don’t! The only way to realize that dream is to keep working hard for it.”
– Sam Claflin
“I have a motto on my bedroom wall: ‘Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.’ Giving up is not my style. I just want to do something that’s worthwhile.”
– Chris Burke
“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
– Marilyn vos Savant
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
– Anna Quindlen
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”
– Douglas MacArthur
“Risk means everything from being honest about your faith, to moving, to quitting a job that’s paying you a fortune but it’s not what’s in your heart. Risking things is one of the biggest fears we have.”
– John Tesh
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