Learning to quit the right things in the right way is especially important for those who can never seem to find enough time for the things in life that they truly care about. This of course goes back to not identifying priorities, but also not being clear on what someone wants from life. There is only so much time in the day, and there is only so much that can be done. Learning to know our own limits, knowing how to make the most out of each and every day, and understanding what quitting can actually do for you is imperative for your success. Most people want to look at quitting from a negative view as “throwing in the towel”, but I am one of the few who doesn’t look at quitting as failure. When quitting is done correctly, it isn’t giving up – it’s making room for something better.When quitting is done correctly, it isn't giving up - it's making room for something better. Click To Tweet
So, in this necessary discovery of knowing what you need to quit, I want to help you in whatever stage of life you are in. Here are 8 signs it may be time to quit something, in order to make room for something better:
It may be time to quit if your mental and physical health is deteriorating.
As many times as I have started something new, I have also had to know when to quit. Anyone can start something, but quitting gracefully is a true art. If you quit too early, you will miss out on the full benefits of starting in the first place and embarking on the journey. But, if you quit too late, stress levels will soar, your mental and physical health will diminish, and burnout will ensue. I can promise that, because I have experienced this firsthand.
If you don’t have any balance in your life, the health and relationship results will be the same. Some people would say that there is no such thing as work-life balance, but I’m calling bluff. You have to figure out what works for you, but I would challenge you to get to the spot in life where you are fitting your work around the most important people in your life, rather than the other way around. Society has tried to trick us for far too long that work is more important than relationships, but I’m not stupid. No work is worth making family, friends, or other relationships suffer.
Nothing in this world is worth long-term diminishing health, because if you are unhealthy, you will have nothing to offer to others. It may be time to quit, so that you can bring balance back to your life. Take care of your health, and take care of others as well.
It may be time to quit if you are experiencing constant frustration.
Frustration isn’t a reason to quit, but if it’s daily, or even weekly frustration that you are experiencing, that’s usually a good sign that you may need to use your time for something that empowers you, rather than for something that discourages.
It may be time to quit if dead ends keep showing up.
When there’s no possible way that you can become better at something, it may be time to move on. Maybe you’ve tried studying more to become better, and the people around you aren’t making you better, and you honestly can’t remember the last thing you have learned, then it may be time to quit in order to become better.
A clue that will tell you if you are currently in a dead end, is that the time you’ve been doing something is the only reason you keep doing it. When tenure is the sole reason keeping you dedicated, then it may be time to quit. When I have been working on something for months, it is difficult to quit. But, when something isn’t working, it is best to just move on. You will know if you’ve had ample time to find your definition of success. If you have given yourself enough time and you still can’t seem to find breakthrough, it may be time to move on.
It may be time to quit if your plan isn’t working.
If you have been following a plan, and it isn’t working, then make a different plan. Maybe the plan looks good on paper, and everyone in your inner circle agrees that it’s a great plan, but if it isn’t providing the results that you want or need, then it’s time for a new plan.
It may be time to quit if you would rather be doing something awful.
For me, if I would rather be at home doing laundry than what I am currently doing, then I know it is time for me to quit. Doing the laundry is my least favorite thing to do in the world, so if it sounds more promising than what I’m working on, then I force myself to walk away immediately. There is no sense in being miserable – life is way too short for that.
It may be time to quit if you don’t feel appreciated.
If you are living life without feeling loved, it may be time to quit what you are doing, and try something different. Once you feel appreciated by those around you, there’s no going back. Of course, this goes both ways, so if you don’t feel appreciated right now, make sure you are doing everything in your power to make those around you feel appreciated as well. Instead of looking at quitting as your first option in this situation, you have the power within you to create a thriving culture of appreciation. Once you’ve tried everything you can and if you still don’t feel appreciated, then it may be time to quit.
It may be time to quit if life is boring.
There’s something to say for living life full of wonder. Waking up with amazement for a new day is a great way to see the world. When life isn’t this way, it is easy to become bored with the way life is going. If you are finding life to be this way, and you’ve already tried making what you are doing fun, it may be time to quit to find a new found curiosity for the world around you.
It may be time to quit if there’s little value found in what you are doing.
When you get to the end of your life, what are you going to want to be able to look back on and find value in? Whatever your answer to this question is, that is what you need to be working on daily. You may need to quit what you are doing, in order to find value.
Of course these are just some indications that it may be time to quit something, but if anything, knowing what’s a good enough reason to quit is half the battle. Quitting is hardly ever the best answer at first, but if time goes on and these indicators are still there, it may be time to look at quitting.
If quitting immediately sounds too drastic, then I have something else for you to try. While you are contemplating quitting, feel free to try other things while you are still attempting to find success in your endeavors. Testing the waters may just be the answer you are looking for. Doing this can sometimes offer enough courage to keep moving ahead.