“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
~Harriet Beecher Stowe
It’s so true. There have been times I’ve held on just past the point where I thought I was going to totally quit and reaped big rewards. I don’t even want to think about all of the times I’ve given up just before the point of achieving something. I those times have been the majority.
I think my pregnancy was my biggest personal example of just hanging on. I said that to myself every day for months. I didn’t just mean to “hang on” in the psychological sense. I wanted to hang on and keep doing what I was doing for my health and for my children’s health. I didn’t want to break down and have coffee or candy with high fructose corn syrup. I didn’t want to start overeating out of stress and gain too much extra weight (the twin belly was quite enough bigness) and I didn’t want to give in to the pancake and sushi cravings because I knew I didn’t manage my blood sugars well when eating those foods.
Hanging on isn’t just about not giving up it’s about maintaining effort and consistency and quality in whatever we’re doing.
We tend to see things in short term. We tend to think, “I can’t give up (insert unhealthy habit) because I want to enjoy this moment right now.” Fair enough. Only, long term matters. Everything we do today is going to directly achieve tomorrow’s results. And we’re going to want to enjoy those moments, that certainly isn’t going to change. We’ll also want to possibly avoid saying, “I can’t believe this is happening to me, it’s so unfair”. Realistically, what we do always has repercussions. And most of us know a lot of what we should do in order to achieve our personal goals in life. We just don’t hang on long enough with our efforts to make some of those goals happen. We quit right before seeing the fruit of our labor. Sometimes we tell others something didn’t work because it wasn’t effective when maybe we just didn’t try long enough.
And hanging on just for the sake of surviving isn’t enough, or at least it doesn’t have to be all we do. We can hang on in the sense that we’ll stick to doing what we know we should, every day, with full on effort in order to create the long term outcome we’re hoping for.
So whatever the goals are, I urge us all to hang on just a little longer. Let’s not quit right before our win.