When things become difficult, our first instinct is to stop. We stuff our workout clothes in the back of our closet or hide that assignment at the bottom of our book bag because somewhere along the line we developed this belief: how easily or quickly we succeed determines our worth. We tell ourselves if we are really that smart, if we are really that athletic, if we are really that creative, then we should easily accomplish our goals. However, when this unrealistic expectation doesn’t play out and things actually take a lot of time and effort, sometimes more than it took others to accomplish the same thing, we start doubting ourselves. We begin to think our slow progress means we aren’t good enough. We become embarrassed, discouraged, and defeated, and I think you know what happens after that: we quit. Let me be frank, that makes absolutely no sense. At least if you’re progressing, even if it’s at sloth speed, you’ll eventually get there. You will have made it, and all the time and effort you put in will only add to the feeling of accomplishment.
Even if it takes you twice as long, don’t quit. Even if you have to put in double the work, don’t stop. Even if those around you are succeeding quicker than you, keep going. Because, hear me out, even if you get there slowly you are going to get there a heck of a lot quicker than if you had quit right from the beginning.