Ever Heard of Mount Disappointment? The Reality of Quitting And What To Do
Ever heard of Mount Disappointment?
Well, there is a Mount Disappointment in Australia. It was so named in 1824 by British explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell, who had hoped to view distant Port Philip Bay from the summit but found that the dense trees made this impossible.
They were disappointed because they had invested so much energy in climbing that mountain, only to have their hopes deflated.
In moments like this, the thought of quitting seeps into our cracked emotions. It distorts our focus, redirecting our energy to unnecessary reasoning, on whether to quit or stay on.
This isn’t just about Hamilton and William; quitting is common to all.
We are always faced with a decision to quit
It’s either a decision to quit our job, our relationship, a routine, or quit pursuing our dream or committing suicide.
Truthfully, times can be tough and certain challenges can be pulverizing.
But I have come to learn that one decides what we want to see happen in our lives. Jesus said I lay down my life willingly - so for us too, nothing can make us forcefully give in except we concede. We always have a choice.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Victor Frankl
Having established that you have a choice, what should you do to overcome quitting?
- List out the reasons why you want to quit. In some cases, as we try to list these reasons, we find that there are actually no reasons save the fact that it appears as though quitting is the only option.
- List out the rewards you are likely to get if you don’t quit. Be motivated by the rewards. Look at the emotional frustration that may likely hang over your head if you eventually quit. I’m sure you don’t want that.
- Look beyond you. Omotola of Livestrong had to look beyond herself. It’s not just about you. Your life is bigger than you.
No doubt Thomas Edison’s success has blessed us all. Thank God he didn’t quit. Your effort is like a part of a wheel system. Every spoke is important. A lot of people will benefit from you not quitting. Today, we are reaping the benefits of Jesus not quitting to die for us on the cross.
When you succeed in something you had a genuine opportunity to quit in, you pass a level. Problems are in levels, and different energy level is required to overcome different challenges. Once we acquire the required amount of energy to overcome a challenge, we overcome it and jump to a new energy level. Our success muscle would have been built.
Lest we think quitting is only when we end our involvement in a pursuit
You have quitted when you go for a lower or alternative option different from your initial pursuit. Hence, beware of convenient opportunities.
The German poet Raine Maria Rilke wrote,
“Were it possible, we might look beyond the reach of our knowing…..Then perhaps we would endure our griefs with even greater trust than our joys. For they are the moments when something new has entered into us, something unfamiliar….Everything within us steps back; a silence ensues, and something new stands in the center and is silent.”
Quitters never win, and winners never quit. You may never encounter the thrill of victory if you quit facing your battles.
Perhaps you have quitted in some of your endeavours, I urge you to go pick it up. Pick up yourself and pick up the matter. Be determined.