Just Don’t Take A Break…You’ll Never Come Back

If there is something good in your life, something that inspires you or makes you  better….but requires work….don’t ever think you can “take a break” and you’ll come back refreshed or renewed. Chances are you won’t come back at all.

I’ve seen this happen dozens of times in taekwondo. Students “take a break” so they won’t get burned out and never come back. When I see them in the video store there are always a multitude of excuses, but the truth is they just quit. Slow down if you need to, but you have to keep your foot in the door.

I took a break from taekwondo, (for medical reasons, I swear) and in just a few weeks I forgot nearly everything I’d learned in 11 years. I was suddenly a moron. My flexibility was gone and so was my confidence. I didn’t want to go back becasue I was afraid I would  suck…and I did.

The same is true of marriage and serious relationships. If you “take a break” all kinds of terrible things can happen. You go out for a drink and the next thing you know your making out with a stranger in the parking lot. And of course your girlfriend, that you actually adore, will hear about it and your done. Breaks are a terrible idea.

If you are a runner you know how dangerous a break can be.  Convincing yourself  you should return to sweating and groaning and being soar is nearly impossible. That first 1/2 mile is gonna be a nightmare so why not stay on the cushy couch? You’ve got a rerun of Friends and a bag of Cheetos…who needs to run? 

 “Take a break” almost always turns into “I quit”  because starting over is a miserable prospect.

So, if you have a hobby or passion or loved one that makes your life better and brighter, stop your whining, tough it out and keep your foot in the door.

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6 Responses to “Just Don’t Take A Break…You’ll Never Come Back”

  1. July 13th, 2011 at 2:52 am

    cara says:

    I agree completely. 100%. Breaks suck. Tell that to Jere! He needed a “break” from me and we didn’t speak for months. Yea…dumbass. Why would anyone need a break from me? Geez…

  2. July 13th, 2011 at 2:58 am

    roy says:

    After this tournament, i’m slowing down (well after i test for my 2nd degree afterwards) lol

  3. July 13th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    diana hampo says:

    but no breaks, I swear Roy, you’ll forget everything except your white belt form

  4. July 13th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    roy says:

    i took bunches of breaks haha.I took break from tkd for footbal/track/wrestling lol. That why it took me 9yrs to finally get my black belt hahaha

  5. July 13th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    muddygirl says:

    a “break” is a cop-out from over coming why you feel you need a “break”! Face what is troubleing you head on!

  6. July 14th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Merc says:

    Ooh, can I start a flame-war by disagreeing. What if you are the crazy person that says “yes” to EVERYTHING, and it really is time to take a break from some things? Perhaps the error is not that your are taking a break, but you either need to decide to DO or not to do. “Taking a break” is what you say when you want to be wishy-washy and avoid decisions.