'Never Never Never Give Up' - Winston Churchill

Success takes a long time. There is a lot of things that have to be in place for success to happen, there is a lot of learning to take place. There will be ups and there will be downs.  You learn more from the downs and it allows you to develop strategies to overcome them to come back stronger.  However the downs hurt, they can hurt real bad and you will have feelings of wanting to quit, to give up.  It takes mental toughness to fight through this and over come the pain.  It is always worse in the moment.  Accept that the experience has happened and then let your emotions out. Do this quickly.  Once this is done look at the experience with an objective eye and identify what you have learnt and what you need to do to use this learning.  You haven't learnt anything if then don't use it! The great thing about the journey is that it is never ending so the key is to realise this and that there will be ups and downs (just like any journey!) and to keep coming back and moving forward.  



Justin Rose is a great example of this. He recently won the US Open, in golf this is success.  Rose has certainly been on a journey to get there.  A journey with ups and lots downs.  He missed cuts ("When I was missing 21 cuts in a row, I was just trying to not fade away, really") so he had a lot of downs.  It would have been easy to give up but Rose rode these downs, constantly learning.  He was mentally tough and had a belief in himself that he deserved to be on this journey.

So the key is to recognise the journey never ends, understand that it is a journey of ups and downs. Constantly learn from the downs developing your belief and reference points and Never Give up. 




'Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.'  - Thomas A. Edison 

Reference

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/usopen/10124336/US-Open-winner-Justin-Rose-ups-and-downs-in-my-career-made-me-strong-enough-to-win-first-major.html