Don't Quit / Modify
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
"Don't Quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can't see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It's the one that makes the sweetest sound." - Simon Sinek
It's hard not to quit when life starts getting hard. Sometimes giving up feels like the only option. We begin with BIG goals in mind. We begin the journey toward our goals filled with excitement, optimism, and drive. Then comes the challenges, we tackle the first obstacle feeling pretty good about ourselves that we persevered. We make a few more steps only to be hindered by yet another problem. A bit less motivated than we originally were at the start of our journey, we still push through the challenge. Soon, face more problems, one after another. This is about the time we begin to question and doubt ourselves. "Should I keep going? Maybe this is not meant to be. Do I have what it takes to make my dream a reality? Is the universe giving me a sign to quit?"
Who hasn't felt this way? When things don't seem to be going your way, it's only natural to want to give up. There are times that we physically or financially can not move forward toward our goal. But if you quit now, you will be further away from your dreams. You will have to start over from square one when you decide to give it another try. Nothing worth achieving is easy. So what do you do when you feel defeated like you are not capable of going forward?
Don't Quit! Instead, Modify!
Modifying is a handy tool that can be applied to many aspects of life. I was first introduced to the idea of modifying in Yoga. I have practiced and taught Yoga for over 20 years, and modifying is a significant component of any Yogis practice. If you can not get into a full expression of a yoga pose you don't just quit and walk out of class, you modify the pose to what you CAN do. If you can't touch your toes, you reach your knees. If you quit doing Yoga because you can not do every pose, then you will never step foot into another yoga class because there will always be a pose you can't do. However, if you modify your practice then over time, you will get more flexible, stronger, more knowledgable and become a real Yogi because you learned how to listen to your self and respect your limitations.
I have taken this lesson of not giving up but modifying into all aspects of my life. Modifying allows me to continue making progress toward my goals, even if I hitting roadblocks along my path. If I can't run 5 miles (yet), I jog/walk 3 miles. If I don't have time to build my log cabin in one summer, then I will start with the foundation this summer, and walls next spring. I don't look at my life dreams as an all or nothing. I take on my dreams in manageable, bit sized pieces. Obtaining any goal takes time, but if I give up, I will never get there. If I keep at it, I will get there eventually.
You will get a hell of a lot closer to your dreams by modifying and doing what you can, then by merely quitting.