Who or what has helped you to persevere and not quit?
My best friend once told me that I could do anything I ever set my mind to. I asked her how she could be so sure. She did not hesitate even a second before answering— “Because in our almost 30 years of friendship you have always done anything you set your mind on.” Those were powerful words that I always hear chanting in the back of my head. If I want to do it, I figure out a way to make it happen.
Despite my girlfriend’s unfaltering confidence in me, there are definitely times when I have wanted to quit— even though the goal was really important to me. Have you ever listened to a podcast and thought the person was speaking directly to you? That is what happened when I was listening to retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink on the Tim Ferriss Show. A listener asked him for advice on finding motivation. Jocko talked about the difference between discipline and motivation. Motivation is fleeting. If someone is hungry they lose their motivation. If someone looks at you the wrong way, they lose motivation. If someone is tired they lose their motivation. Discipline is what you do even when you don’t want to. You show up and do what needs to be done. Anytime my own grit wears thin, I have never had a problem borrowing some from Jocko.