Quitting Becomes a Habit

You heard it right! Quitting can become a habit. How you do one thing is how you do everything. 

Everything starts in the mind. Your daily decisions are the deciding factor of your success. As soon as your alarm rings and you open your eyes, you have to make a decision whether you rise & go to your planned workout or you press on snooze & stay in the comfort of your bed. 

Your decision will influence your day, your week, your year, and even your life. By going to your workout you tell your brain, you’re in action mode and push through the barriers that are trying to stop you, which can be soreness, pain, bad mood etc. When you take the easy route you condition your brain to look for the easy way out which will eventually become an actual habit. 

Of course, there are more examples, like sticking to your diet, reaching your workout’s targets, getting your stretches in, etc. The list is long and every day it’s you against you. 

How are you going to label yourself? Are you the champ who gets it in or are you a quitter?

Now, if you are a competitor, you can certainly assume which route to take. Like I mentioned earlier, how you do one thing is how you do everything. If you keep quitting on yourself during preparation and even in life, it will automatically translate into your competitions and as soon as you are hit with adversity. You will look for the easy way out. Get mentally tough and make the training harder than the actual fight. Leave no rock unturned.

Of course, it is important to listen to your body and give it its rest, so you don’t risk suffering an injury. If you want to take time off without feeling guilty, it is important to have set your targets. So when you feel like you have reached your limits, make sure you still get to push through your weekly target. These were your original plans and it is important to follow through with them so you don’t feel like a quitter. When you have done what you have set out for yourself, you can plan how you want to use the time to rest before you jump back on the horse. Surprisingly, sometimes the days you don’t want to train can actually become one of your best days. 

So in conclusion, life is not a gamble, it’s a strategy game. Only when you follow through with the daily actions that are required to achieve your goal, will you receive some kind of reward. If you keep quitting on yourself, it will drag you down mentally and affect your confidence. Develop some consistency in your actions and make winning a habit.

If there are any topics when it comes to mental performance that you want to learn and read about, feel free to email me at yusuf@jiujitsumag.com


Yusuf is a mental performance coach and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Understanding the importance of an individual’s mentality, he has dedicated his life to creating high performance athletes by helping them cultivate mental fortitude to overcome any adversity. With his Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a Mental Performance Mastery Certification, he’s able to transform individuals to unleash their full potential. Currently his goal is to help every individual develop the right mindset that overcomes every obstacle allowing them to perform at a high level.

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