There are so many books out there regarding success. They talk about succeeding in business, how to be a great parent, how to be an amazing spouse. Winning takes on so many shapes and sizes. Is it about trying your best or always coming out on top? Is it effort or results or both? Vince Lombardi once stated, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Well, that is fine and good , but how does one win?
I firmly believe that the best way to win is to be the last one to quit, just never give up. I don’t just mean quitting in the sense of stopping, I mean quitting emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and certainly physically. Winners stay in the game mentally until the end. Losing teams fail because team members quit inside. They stop preparing. They stop committing. They stop competing. Oh, they might show up, but they quit long ago.
Marriages fail because people quit on their spouses. Parents can quit, too. Businesses fail because leadership quits, cuts corners, takes shortcuts. Oh there are times when one must cut off a toxic relationship or resign from a dead end job. But, success is about finishing those tasks and challenges that are worth the fight. Think about the process of writing holiday cards. Success is not realized in simply writing the note or stamping the envelope. A sealed envelope sitting on the kitchen table is NOT a success. One can be happy when Aunt Sally opens up her card and smiles. Finishing the job defines success. Where are you taking shortcuts? In your fitness training? With your family? In your eating habits? Stop quitting!
Commit and finish. Keep showing up.