by Mary LoVerde
Today I begin a new blog devoted to the fact that winners quit. I know, I know, most of us were taught that a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.
That old saw made some sense back when I was playing basketball with my brothers, the score was tied and we had two minutes on the clock to win the game. It made some sense on really bad days at work, when I sucked it up and stuck it out and was rewarded with a really beautiful result. But now at this stage in my life, I’ve come to realize that much of what I have been told has been inaccurate, especially the so-called truisms that include “always” and “never.” Experience- from job loss to failed relationships- has taught me that in many cases the truth turned out to be exactly the opposite of what I’d long believed.
I’ve come to understand that when we want to achieve something, whether it’s to improve a relationship, lose five pounds or become the new VP, the first step is not to ask, “What do I need to do?” A better first question is “What do I need to quit?” Why? Because every time we make a goal or set an intention there will be things in the way of accomplishing that. And until we remove those obstacles, we are not going to make much progress. It will feel like we are swimming in wet cement.- lots of effort and exhaustion without much to show for it.
I am very excited to begin a dialogue and offer ideas from worldwide experts on a variety of topics who tell us that winners do indeed quit. I hope you will join in.