Quitting is Immature

A couple months ago I was training with My Champ (a VERY rare occasion) and he noticed I was getting frustrated. He was teaching me some new lifts, and also (trying to) help me with my current technique on a few things. He called me out on my anger: “You can’t get mad just because you’re not good at something. You can’t just give up because you’re not immediately perfect (at this).” Man, is he good. Those who do not know me well may think I am good at most things- the truth is, I am NOT and the things I excel at took much time and effort before I mastered them.

I used this example to get through a tough day I had at work this past week. I won’t divulge into the specifics of what went on, but my confidence was suffering greatly at my job. I’m taking on a lot of new responsibilities in one of my roles at the hospital, and though I’ve been at this for a while there are days where I feel I’m just not good enough. Funny thing is, I had been having a great few weeks of training, and my personal life has never been better. Something had to shift, I suppose. I confided in a couple of colleagues regarding my concerns in my performance, and I’m so glad I did. Both individuals gave me the reassurance I needed: questioning yourself sometimes shows how much you CARE, and I am NORMAL!! Who doesn’t question themselves from time to time? Being over-confident can definitely backfire, especially in my line of work. No one is completely flawless. We should always be thinking of ways to self-improve or be better in our daily tasks. We (and by this I mean me) should also forgive ourselves and understand that we are human and can’t always be perfect.

I have to remind myself sometimes that I will never ‘know it all’ and I am going to screw up. That’s life. The world of health care and management is constantly changing and evolving, and I will always have to adapt. Getting back to the example I gave with My Champ: I can’t just give up when something is hard. That gets me nowhere, if not backwards. Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we quit because we weren’t automatically ‘perfect’? We would never learn how to walk: we would all be crawling; none of us would learn to ride our bikes because we fell; we would remain illiterate; we would refer to spaghetti only as ‘noodles’ because we kept saying ‘pisghettie’ instead. Ridiculous, isn’t it? Life takes effort and practice. I do tend to relate many life experiences to training, because the challenges we face physically are a metaphor to the obstacles we face in the outside world. Life, like lifting or running, doesn’t get easier- you just get better. Don’t ever quit; humble yourself, and grow to be better than before.

Comments ( 3 )
  • Rochelle Reed says:

    Way to open up Lindsay. For the record I think you’re doing a great job in your new role in health care. I was wondering how stressful that job would be. Thank you for being so honest. With work and with improving my fitness level, I want to be good right away too. Especially with working out. I want to be fast and strong right away. It’s inspiring to know that an elite athlete can have the same issues as a beginner. It keeps me from quitting. Thank you. Love to support your site.

    • Lindsay Orange says:

      Thank you for the compliment Rochelle! I share because I am human. We all have our days. What sets us apart is how we conquer the challenges we face. It’s so much easier to quit when things get tough, but living with the fact that you ‘gave up’ on something (to me) is worse. I love your drive, and willingness to be better. Keep it up!! I can tell you have a huge fire inside you 😉 Thanks again for your comment <3

  • Samantha Miller says:

    Thanks for the post. Being a nurse and a perfectionist can be hard and I’ve been doing that dance for years. I’ve been told a few times that I have unrealistic expectations of myself and others, so I’ve been working hard at that the last few years. If you haven’t already check out Brene Brown, her book The Gift of imperfection is fantastic!!

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