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  • Esther Aspling

    One of the things I have realized recently is that I should have been developing a thicker skin before I started trying to gain an online presence.

    I hadn’t anticipated the type of negativity that I’ve occasionally received, and as a perfectionist the 1 in a 100 negative comment could be debilitating if I let it.

  • Wayne Owens

    Something I hear and share often in Celebrate Recovery is…

    “Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle happens!”

    • Julie Sunne

      Powerful words of wisdom, Wayne.

  • charles stone

    love the mini-post, cant wait til your Platform WordPress is avail

  • Vincent Nguyen

    I always liked Seneca’s quote, “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” It seems to be relevant enough to add to the comments. :)

    • Jim Martin

      Vincent, thanks for sharing this great quote. You are right. It was relevant.

  • Carey Green

    To Quote Vice Principal Merny from “The Pacifier”… “Quitters…… quit.”

    It’s easy to do… sadly. Our fragile insecurities are easily shattered. But I’m learning that if I can take the time and energy used to focus on the defear and redirect it into accomplishing something useful instead, the defeat can be a part of a new victory.

    Call it learning lessons the hard way – but it works. The time we have can be spent on fleshly, self-pitying pursuits, or on Spirit-led, others-centered ones. We have the choice.

  • Julie Sunne

    I wonder if this habit is becoming/will become even more prevalent in our society given the cultural drift toward inflating self-esteem, creating level playing fields, and never letting our children fail.

  • Ben Jacobs

    Sometimes there is wisdom in knowing when to quit. Obviously there are situations that merit continuing to persevere, but I have been in a business situation where this attitude continued to drive me further and further into debt. You must know when to continue onward but also have the wisdom to know when to stop. The decision to stop is sometimes much harder than to continue to go on.

    • Chris Coussens

      I agree. Failure isn’t necessarily a message to stop or to push ahead. It’s a warning to take stock and make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

  • Terry Hadaway

    In my post on Wednesday, I’ll talk about the power of habit and how controlled we are by our lazy brains. Habits often short circuit our thinking processes and redirect us away from our potential. We have enough non-thinkers in the world. Let’s not add to the stockpile!

  • Jeff

    Hello Michael, Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with us at the Innov48 Conference in Franklin. Just this morning I was “Promoting my Older Posts.”
    Also just started listening to your podcasts.
    Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jeff. I really enjoyed being with you guys!

  • InvisibleSun

    I just started reading this book and every page is chock-full of wisdom and truth. The story about the man quitting “three feet from gold” was heartbreaking. Mindset is everything!

  • steveborgman

    Well…I think we can rest for a while without quitting. Maybe we can change our focus, or go for a run, or let the problem marinate for a while. In this way, the “defeat” stays temporary, and we stay the course!

  • Brent Dumler

    This is often true of many of us simply because we interpret that temporary defeat as failure……quitting before we’ve actually failed. It’s one of the enemy’s best tricks.

  • Chelle Bowman

    I love to say this: I plant a seed today and then tomorrow, I go
    out and say “Plant, where are you?! Why aren’t you here yet?!” – Seed
    yells up from the ground “Hey, you must be a little new at this, give me
    some time to grow!” Plant the seed (your idea, dream, aspiration,
    vision, goal) and then feed your seed, give it sunshine, water it, tend
    to it with love and in time, it will grow! Adapted in my own 100% unique
    version from Tony Robbins! – Chelle Bowman

  • TorConstantino

    This is a profound quote – it’s especially easy for me to fall into that trap at the first sign of defeat. I’ve got to order Hill’s book for my Kindle. Thanks for the inspiration Michael!