I know, I know – most people don’t want to be thought of as a quitter. AND quitting has a really negative connotation.
I want you to look at it a bit differently. Ask yourself these questions:
- Have you ever stayed in a relationship longer than it was healthy?
- Have you ever stayed at a job that you knew was it suited for you any longer?
- Have you ever tried to get a cat to listen to you?
OK, I think you can see where I’m going here. Sometimes, quitting just makes sense. For me, I can get so caught up in the “doing” that I forget to look at the big picture. When you’re so close to something, it’s hard to see that the effort and the time invested in it isn’t going to make it work.
I’m not a huge fan of the phrase “cut your losses” but it seems appropriate here. When I look back at all the times I just should have “quit” I can see that there was a lot of time and work put into something that wasn’t serving me anymore. Instead of quitting, I kept trying to make it happen.
If I haven’t spent all that time on those things what could I have actually done that may have helped me grow, feed my development, or just plain made me happy. All this said, I’m not looking at those times I should’ve quit as a fail or loss but as a learning opportunity.
Delatorro McNeal always says “win or learn.” That’s something I said to myself every day.
So, what have we learned today?