When Quitting Is Not An Option


A desire which is very common to all is the desire to quit when the going gets tough in any venture. For instance, a husband feels like quitting when his marriage hits danger zones, a wife feels like quitting when she senses better prospects in another man, a professional in any corporate setting feels like quitting when his superiors frustrate his ideas, a pastor feels like quitting when his ministerial impacts remain at a low ebb despite his burning the midnight oil several times over, a business person feels like quitting when his bottom line fails to meet his financial expectations, a student feels like quitting when he or she feels that school work is boring and unnecessary, a politician feels like quitting when his political base seem not to buy into his manifestoes.

Friends, the list can go on and on, but the one key you must always remember is that patience is a virtue, patience is a trainer and patience does not cast away her confidence (Hebrews 10:35-37)

For at the end of the day, your confidence in your assignment, your belief in the God who can cause water to gush out of the rock, and your knowing that wanting to quit is a common thing with every champion...it is just that the last champion you saw decided to steel himself with these words:

“Although I felt like quitting yesterday, I even want to quit today, and I know that I will still feel like quitting tomorrow, but I made up my mind a long time ago to convert the word, quitting, to the word, standing in my vocabulary” ~ Iyke Nwambie

Yes, the legendary former world boxing champion, Muhammed Ali, saw his periods of wanting to quit as another set of training opportunities. That was why he said:

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."~ Muhammad Ali

Yes, he suffered through his trainings and testings to become one of the most loved world heavy weight boxing champions of all time!

Can you dare to see that situation as a mere training ground? can you look beyond the suffering to see the certification that will come later? can you decide that come what may, "I will grow through this stuff and not grown in it?"

For the real truth about defeat is that every defeat, is actually a temporary thing…it brandishes itself as though it is dealing you a final, fatal blow; but one thing I know both from my experiences and those of others, is that every celebrated victory of today, had it’s momentary set-backs yesterday! Little wonder, Napoleon Hill, one of the articulators of the science of success, once said:


“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Please, note that the key word in that quote is the word, temporary! And it is temporary because your situations and circumstances do not define you, your outcomes do not even define your potential for the most part…it is the word of God that does! It is the voice of God that cements you to your destiny! It is the anointing of God’s spirit that determines your power-base!

Please let this beautiful counsel from Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotels, stir you in the right direction today:

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ~ Conrad Hilton

Wow! therein lies the secret of the successful and the failure…both of them backs up their belief with a certain kind of action. One backs-up and the other backs-down…One keeps moving and the other simply quits. So, what are you going to do about that assignment? What are you going to do about that business proposal? What are you going to do about that fledgling marriage? What are you going to do about that school work? What are you going to do about that secret desire in your heart?

Friend, I can only tell you to keep pressing on! For that was what Paul the great apostle of faith did and counseled us to do (Phillipians 3:13-14). That was what Muhammed Ali did and became a champion, that was what Napoleon Hill did and became an all time best seller with his book, "think and grow rich," that was what Conrad Hilton did and the Hilton range of hotels are still around us today, and that was also what that great discoverer of the Americas, Christopher Columbus did on his many trips and voyages. He chose all the time to overcome every upheaval that appeared on his trail, to knock down every doubt that slipped in on him and kept moving towards the place of his dream. Little wonder, why he kept sailing until the Americas were discovered!

And when he was asked on the secret behind that venture, he had this to put down:

“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” ~ Christopher Columbus

Well, my dear friend, you have heard it from the scriptures, from men of uncommon attainments and I can only add that I have also chosen not to cast away my confidence in forging ahead with the mandate of declaring the supremacy of light over darkness through the teaching and the preaching of the word of faith which works by love via which all men shall be emancipated.

And until I come your way again, this is still yours truly, Iyke Nwambie saying to you, be of good cheer and keep smiling!

Dr Iyke Nwambie is the President of the Advancement Ministries World Outreach Center Inc. (AMWOC)...Hosts of the weekly christian inspirational tv broadcast, "The Advancement Strategies. For partnership details, click on the Partnership menu on this website. Jesus Is Lord.


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