Being a winner with chronic illness isn’t an easy task, yet it’s something that many people think should be the case when looking at those who are battling a disease. They say things like “It’s mind of matter” or “Have you tried (insert something ridiculous here)?” Meanwhile they don’t know the reality of fighting every single day.
Let me tell you something that I have learned over recent years and it’s a lie that many of us hear all the time, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win”. The fact is this isn’t right at all. This can go along with the lies of “Everything happens for a reason” or “There are no stupid questions.” We hear these things all the time, but they aren’t the true either.
Getting back to the one lie that I’m writing about, the example of winners never quit and quitters never win. This is incorrect for so many reasons, especially when managing your chronic illness. The fact is, some of the most successful people in the world quit all the time. They know when to quit at the right time and realize that something they are currently throwing their energy into, isn’t working.
This is something I see all the time with members of the many communities I work with. People who are fighting every single day, but they are trying to do the same thing every single day. Waiting for something to change, waiting for whatever they are trying to kick in and start to working.
It’s on us to devote a certain amount of time when trying something new or managing our disease in a different way, but it’s also on us to quit when we aren’t seeing results. I can’t tell you how often I see someone who started to try something, and then got comfortable with what they were doing. It become the new norm, yet at the same time they weren’t seeing results.
Now I am all for putting everything we can into something that might improve our health, but we also have the be reasonable. When it’s not working, we need to move on to the next option available to us. Don’t let yourself become so comfortable with something that isn’t working, that you continue to do the same thing.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Managing a chronic illness is hard, but don’t bring insanity into the mix. Make sure you aren’t continuing to throw all of your energy into something that isn’t working. Instead make sure you trying something that might just give you the results you want. Don’t be afraid to quit, especially if you’ve given a good amount of time and effort towards what you thought might work. There are always other options out there for you.
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