That is a hard title to swallow. It has always been taught to me to never give up on anything. But, I really want to take a minute to think about this.
Let me first say that nobody really wants to quit something that they have invested blood, sweat and tears into. That’s a really difficult decision to make. But, when you put yourself out there on a limb, you really only have two options…
1. Give up on what you are going for and focus your attention on something else.
2. Or, give it all you have until you a) accomplish exactly what you set out to do or b) go until there’s nothing left and then moving on.
The hardest part is finding WHEN it is actually time to move on. And good luck with that. You are usually the only person that can answer that, unless it is just so obvious that everyone else can see it, too. I’ve seen other people work on things way longer than I would be able to stay totally focused on it and the other way around as well.
With taking on something new, you can either not commit because it is too much to handle in your life at that moment, commit to one or a few things and do them well or over-commit. Well, there are seasons in life. These seasons either allow us to pick up new things, they tell us to slow it down or there are actually those times in life that you can commit to doing things without burdening yourself. I’ve heard different thoughts on committing to only what you can handle versus over-committing and cutting back as needed, but the secret is finding what season you are in and how much you as an individual can handle.
Again, being aware of where you are at personally is a good first step. Spend some time here and really think about it before jumping in. This can and will prevent unneeded stress.
So, what stage are you in right now and how are you stepping out on a limb right now? You can leave a comment below.