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What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting

Many thanks to the readers who commented on my last blog post, “Is It Time to Quit?” Several shared ways they have coped with feelings of discouragement. This week, I’ll try to summarize what was said so that those who didn’t comment can have the benefit of other readers’ wisdom.

Quit? Just Don’t Do It

Jennifer Turner said “…pursue a new plan or different types of writing. I’m weary of ghostwriting insurance blogs, so maybe it’s time to publish more of my own work in my name or dabble in poetry. The possibilities are endless!”

Judith Coopy said: “I cancelled (subscriptions for) all writing and poetry magazines, thus clearing my mind because they came to be distractions. In the meantime, my poetry has become my primary focus and will be published in a local anthology this month.”

Persist, Persevere, and Prevail

Terry Whalin said “the writing life involves persistence and perseverance. I find many writers get discouraged and give up too soon. Just look at Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen getting rejected with Chicken Soup over 140 times and now it is one of the bestselling series in the English language. What if they had given up when they reached 100 rejections?”

So, I went to the dictionary to look up the difference, if any, between the meanings of the two words that jumped out at me in Terry’s comment. And another P-word occurred to me in the process.

  • Persistence (persist), according to Merriam-Webster, means “to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning.” The Latin root words are “per,” meaning through and “sist,” meaning to stand. So, if you persist, you “stand through” whatever comes your way.
  • Persevere, also from M-W, means “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.” The Latin roots for this one are “per” and “sever,” meaning grave or serious. To persevere is to charge on through whatever “grave or serious” situations you face.
  • Prevail. That means “to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority.” Again, the Latin roots help us understand. “Pre” means before, and “vail” means be strong. Overcome your discouragement by being strong before, in the face of, your difficulty.

Follow God’s Lead

Paula Geister said, “But when it comes to the good reasons for continuing, the one at the top of the list is the voice of the Spirit encouraging ME. He tells me that I was given a gift to share and sharing it is obedience.”

Alma Jones offered this comment. “From time to time, I still wrestle with the (negative) feelings that I mentioned above, but not for long. I have a job to do that is bigger than me for a God, Who is bigger than it all.”

Cecelia Lester: “I have had times when I wanted to quit and enjoy life in other ways. Then, God steps in and reminds me that He called me to write for Him.”

What about you? Do you have other coping methods when you feel like quitting? Share your thoughts in the comments. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

*Latin root words from https://myvocabulary.com/dir-root-root_master.

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2 Responses to What to Do When You Feel Like Quitting

  1. Cecelia L. Lester July 15, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Emily: Thank you for sharing the thoughts of others on this issue. I love the following quotes:

    “He tells me that I was given a gift to share and sharing it is obedience.”

    ” I have a job to do that is bigger than me for a God Who is bigger than it all.”

    Also, thank you for including my thoughts.

  2. Emily Akin July 17, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    You’re welcome, Cecelia. I meant to ask if you or anyone you know is going to the Taylor University Christian writers conference that’s coming up soon: https://taylorsprofessionalwritersconference.wordpress.com/. It’s August 4-5 at Upland, IN. I wanted to go, but things just didn’t work out.

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