Quitters Take Heart

Posted by dianne on Feb 20, 2011 in Newsletters | | No comment

If you are like me, you probably start each new year full of enthusiasm for how you are going to make this your best year ever. But now it’s mid-February, typically the gloomiest time of the year in Chicago and a lot of other places, too. Is your enthusiasm fading? Do you feel like coasting for a while?

I have to admit I’ve been a quitter lots of times. I quit a typing class in 1966 which meant I had to learn to type on the job when I started working as an editor after college. I quit choir in seventh grade and I’m sure the director never missed me. I quit dancing lessons, which I regretted when I saw Riverdance; but, truth be told, there is no way I could have danced like that ever!

Now seems like a good time to offer some inspiring quotations on the virtue of persistence, so here they are:

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.       ~Albert Einstein

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.           ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.          ~Buddhist Saying

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.     ~Flavia Weedn

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.         ~Walter Elliott

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.         ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

So here is the lesson as I see it. It doesn’t matter if we quit, bail, throw in the towel, drop out, give up, fall by the wayside, take leave, resign, or abandon a goal. What matters is to be willing to start again. Each time you quit and start again, you are starting from a place that is a little closer to your goal. Here is one more quotation:

Beginning is easy, continuing is hard.      ~Japanese proverb

So if continuing is too hard, just begin again.

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By Dianne Morr, professional speaker and author of Ice the Burnout! 20 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Better. As a ghost writer, writing coach, editor and book shepherd, Dianne can help you take your writing project from wherever it is to DONE. dianne@morrcreative.com.


February Is…

Are you a Library lover? Celebrate! February is National Library Month. I know it’s easy to type any question at all into your favorite search engine; but if you haven’t been to a library in a while, make a field trip. There is something very energizing about being in that atmosphere and having all those resources at your fingertips; besides all the books and magazines, you can enjoy all kinds of music, movies, documentaries, and art work. And you might be surprised that a reference librarian can find information on any question just about as quickly as Google. You also get to talk to a real person — very refreshing in our automated world.


Brain Exercises

Last month I mentioned my friend’s challenge to try brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. I have her permission to give you her contact information in case you would like to investigate lots of ways to exercise your brain and improve your memory. You can contact Joanne Telser-Frere at 847 674 8060 or www.neuroquest.net. She teaches classes designed to improve your mental fitness.


Do You Need a Speaker?

If your group would enjoy a fun presentation, contact me about my popular new program, Five Happiness Habits You Can Learn Right Now.

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