Why might quitting, even just once, be the worst thing you can do to yourself?

Quitting sucks the life out of people and takes the fun, the challenge, and the excitement out of living. It kills dreams. It disappoints close friends and loved ones. It puts a ceiling on your own achievements. Worst of all, it’ll stick with you over and over again.

Quitting usually doesn’t have to do with physical ability or prowess. It has to do with mindset. As you’ll watch in just a moment, this high school football player put a limit on himself because he thought he could only do so much work based on what he had done in the past. This is an example of an assumed constraint, one of the main reasons people quit, best described by Ken Blanchard as, “a belief, based on past experience, that limits current and future experiences.” The football player in the video was mentally checked out of a big opportunity (a football game against a very good team) because he knew it was going to be a hell of a challenge. I envy this coach for thinking of a way to open the eyes of his athletes without having to lecture them. Actions can speak louder than words, and he hit the nail on the head.



Follow Ken’s advice and challenge your own assumed constraints. You may just surprise yourself.