How do you know when it’s OK to quit? It’s not an easy question to answer and I have seen a lot of people quit far too soon. When I look back at my life, there are many things I wished I could have continued doing but ultimately had to give up because of the effort it took or the cost involved.
You have to know when it’s time to move on. You have to trust your instincts. It may be hard to hear that your dream job is not worth the sacrifices. But you have to listen. The cost of being successful is real. You’re not going to be able to do everything you want to do in life without sacrifices. Some sacrifices are worth making because they help you reach other goals or achieve other levels of success.
In the world of careerism and work-at-home life, you have to juggle many competing priorities. Choosing the right career path isn’t always easy. But by knowing when it’s time to move on, and how to best accomplish that goal, you can make a better, more informed decision. It’s not an easy road, but it’s one worth taking if you enjoy what you’re doing and believe in yourself.
If you work for yourself you must prepare yourself mentally for failure. Failure in any endeavor is inevitable and has real consequences. During the first few years of my business, I was content to just keep focusing on growing and advancing my business, eliminating opportunities that arose. This worked well for a while because I didn’t feel the pressure to try new things or take on more responsibility. However, as the years went by and I started to experience failure more often (and more gently)
Quitting is not an easy job
Sometimes trying to quit something can be as confusing and frustrating as finding a magic key that will let you travel through time. There are plenty of reasons why you might need to quit something — maybe you have more important things to do; maybe you’re not enjoying the work; maybe it’s affecting your finances (see also: money) — but if you keep putting off the decision, sooner or later you’re going to get burned. Here are some easy-to-use color-coding systems to help you figure out when it’s time to make a change:
Quitting bad habits
When to quit a bad habit is a complicated question. In some cases, quitting is simply a matter of facts: you’ve reached your limit and there’s nothing more you can do. In other cases, however, it’s because you have psychological reasons for continuing, and these psychological reasons will influence your ability to quit successfully. Fortunately, you can recognize when it’s time to quit and can take action accordingly.
Recognize your passion
When you have a passion, it can be very difficult to realize when it’s time to stop. It can feel like there’s always more work to be done, and the more you try, the more miles you’ll cover. But if you give up an idea because it’s overwhelming or makes you feel frustrated, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The best approach is to recognize when your passion is taking over more and more of your life, and make a decision to prioritize what matters most.
Many people avoid the decision to quit their job because of the fear that they won’t find another one. If this is true, then the best way to avoid this is to eliminate the fear of finding another job. If having another job is not an option then eliminating the fear of quitting is even more essential. Any new job will require an investment of time and money. It’d better be a profitable job if you’re planning on staying at it for more than a few months.
The best way to get yourself motivated to stick with something is to know when it’s time to give up. This doesn’t mean you should refuse all requests for help, but realize that sometimes helping isn’t worth the extra effort or frustration. If you’re struggling with a particular task or goal and can’t seem to get started, consider if there are better ways for you to get the job done efficiently. For example, if you spend most of your time cleaning, setting goals that require you to be somewhat organized might be helpful. Or if you enjoy doing something but find yourself getting frustrated when you can’t seem to finish it, consider if there are ways to make the experience more enjoyable without giving up other aspects of your life (e.g., socializing with friends while cleaning).
There’s a lot of pressure to be successful, and a lot of it’s misguided. We’re taught that we need to hustle, and the only way to succeed is to be willing to work harder than everyone else. Not everyone will understand or accept this; it’s normal to feel a little burned out after a day at the office. But if you give in to overwhelm, you can lose motivation and hit bottom. At that point, you might give up on trying new things – especially if the rewards don’t outweigh the costs.
In the end, it’s all about making smart decisions. Choose a good retirement plan, but only invest a minimal amount. Invest in short-term goals, but don’t let them get in the way of long-term planning. Invest in yourself, but don’t let the “I have to” attitude get in the way of your success.” Sometimes it’s just as important to know when to quit as it is to know how to get started. Make the necessary changes now, but don’t force yourself into things that aren’t right for you.