In our society, quitting is often seen as a sign of weakness and we are taught that winners never quit. But surely, at least once in your life you have contemplated quitting a job, a relationship or even your business.
No doubt you have heard of stories of individuals who laughed in the face of adversity and came out of challenges successfully because they never quit. No one wants to be called a quitter, but there are times in our life when quitting is the best option. Tough times may force you to consider quitting, but they should not be the only factor in your decision.
5 Signs That It’s Time to Quit
1. The endeavor is seriously jeopardizing your health: physical and/or mental.
2. What you are currently doing is in strict opposition to your ethical and moral code.
3. What you are doing goes against your values.
4. You are no longer growing personally and/or professionally and a promotion will not fix this.
5. Your gut is telling you to stop. When was the last time your gut was wrong?
Now, while you may be aware of the reasons that you should quit, there are three main reasons why it is hard for you to actually do it.
3 Main Reasons You Are Afraid to Quit
Fear of the future really is a cage that you lock yourself into. You create your own future. There is no such thing as security in life. Every crisis comes with an opportunity. The best way to deal with uncertainty is to write down your thoughts, talk to someone about how you feel and create a plan that you will adjust as you become more certain about your assumptions. If your goal is to find a new job so that you can quit your current job, remember to engage your network and demonstrate why you are an asset to any company.
Perhaps you regret not taking a certain path and now you are staying on your current path to prove to yourself (or others) that you did not make a mistake. We cannot change past mistakes, but we can acknowledge them.
3. Fear of starting over or fear of loss
Perhaps you went into the wrong field and now, several years in, you hate it. You may not want to quit because you have invested so much time and effort already, but you can never get that time back and this should not be a factor in your future decisions. This is actually a logical fallacy, a flaw in reasoning. The emotional investment that you have nurtured over time fuels your fear of loss even when the gains of a new path are much higher.
Quitting does not mean that you will not actually achieve your end goal (whatever that goal is). Perhaps your methods on achieving your goals are not working and simply need to be improved. Quitting is about choosing the best option for yourself.
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