When things get rough and gets out of hand, quitting is not always the best solution. But there are instances when quitting is a way better alternative than staying in the same course of action.
Often, your instincts will tell you the best thing to do for your situation. Or if you’re attentive enough, your situations will actually give you glaring clues when to give up rather than go on with something.
Sometimes, it requires other people to tell us what we need to hear. But more often than not, no one knows you more than yourself.
It’s your call because it’s your life after all. Whatever works best for you, by all means, go for it!
I believe that what works for one person may not work for another. But you won’t know the results until you try something. Life is often a matter of trial and error.
If things are not changing around you, maybe it’s you who needs to change.
There’s such a thing as “strategic quitting,” but you’ve got to be sure that you’ve already considered all your options, and have weighed the pros and cons of your decisions before you stop doing something.
Consider these guidelines when you’re already about to quit on something: a job, an organization, or a cause…
- When you’ve already done too much for the person or organization you serve, but your efforts are not appreciated nor even acknowledged
- When your core values and life principles keep crashing against the other party’s actions or convictions
- When your valued relationships within the organization gets broken and becomes irreparable
- When the leadership team is not taking action, responding to, nor even listening to people’s feedback, questions, and suggestions
- When you’ve already calculated your potential risks, and you believe you’ll be better of outside your current involvement
- When you don’t feel the support of the people who knows you most
- When you’ve already reached the end of the line fighting for your cause with hardly any positive results
- When the way things are going takes a great toll on your health and happiness, especially if it’s a matter of life and death situation
There’s glory in giving up, too. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Seek counsel. But by all means, decide for yourself, before other people decides for you.
Hey, don’t be afraid to take risks. Go ahead and quit…only if you must.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ ” – Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)