I hear this all the time: No matter what, don’t quit! Quitters are for the weak and lazy. Quitting is poor character.
We then flip the table and applaud quitting supposedly ‘bad’ things as good, responsible and even heroic. Like quitting smoking, drugs, or any other habit that’s considered undesirable.
So what’s up with that?
Quitting isn’t inherently good or bad. The above statements aren’t entirely false, but they're not true either. Like everything in duality, it can go either way depending on the circumstance. The gauge that qualifies quitting as either positive or negative is in its consequence – has it created more for you, or less, as a result?
As I always prefer to speak about the upside of things, today I’ll speak to the awesomeness of quitting.
Quitting offers many gains, chiefly:
Creative Potentials: Quitting says no to stuckness and invites flow. It’s a fresh new start that flings open the door to new beginnings and untapped opportunities.
Self-respect: Quitters are authentic enough to quit what doesn’t align with them, in order to re-align with things that truly matter to them. Quitting is an act of self-worth.
Courage: Quitting is for the brave. It’s for visionaries and mavericks who want to pave their own way, their own destiny. It’s about exploring frontiers beyond the comfort zone to discover new worlds created from their dreams.
Aliveness: Quitting ends the sleepwalking as you begin to live out your dreams. You become more of yourself, living according to the passions and values that make you come alive.
This all sounds good, but quitting isn’t for everyone. As you can see, it’s reserved only for the most fearless, confident and intelligent of the bunch. It takes balls to quit and discernment to know what to quit and when to do it. It’s also about not caring about appearances and how other people judge you – quitters quit to please themselves, not others. This is also only for the determined ones who possess the steely resolve to take charge of their lives and dive into the unknown. Quitting isn’t for the weak, lazy, or poor of character – they’re the real deal.
Mark Twain once said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” I’d like to add, “... and that often starts with quitting.”
Dear reader, what will you quit in return for a new start? Do you have what it takes to be a quitter?