Have you ever heard the saying “if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again?”
But should you always try? What if you are performing an activity that you are no longer interested in? What if you want to use your time and talents in a different way?
Sometimes quitting is one of the best decisions that you can make. I am not talking about stopping at the 25th mile of a 26.2 miles (marathon) race. I am talking about ending a relationship or work situation that no longer satisfies you. There is no point in sticking with something just to be deemed not a quitter.
Let’s look at some signs that will help you gauge when enough is enough.
1. You hate your job
If you hate your job, it may be time to look for another one. Ask yourself if the stress and discontentment of your predicament are worth it–year after year dragging yourself to work, knowing that you have 10, 20 or 30 years to go before retirement. Is that any way to live? Find out what kind of work would make your soul sing and begin putting things in place to achieve that. Do you need to go back to school? Do you need any special certifications? Are there other positions in your company that fit your skill set? An average person spends 8-10 hours a day at work; wouldn’t it be nice if the hours were enjoyable.
2. You are too comfortable
Be honest with yourself. Have you become too comfortable in your life? Do you follow the same routine week after week with little or no variation? Do you have the same thoughts or say no to opportunities to grow? Or have you let your health decline by eating poorly and not exercising? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have become too comfortable and it is time for a change. Begin to get out of your rut by saying ‘yes’ to opportunities outside of your comfort zone.
3. You are doing too much for others
We, especially as women are taught to give selflessly, often at our own expense. Although giving to others is important, there comes a point when we have to say enough is enough and put ourselves first. You are not selfish for doing this. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of others.
4. You are not happy
Not being content with your life is a sure sign that something is awry. Discover what it is by asking yourself why you are not happy. What often surfaces for me is a list of things that I deeply want to do and am not currently doing. Neglecting your passions can lead to resentment and bitterness. Your dreams are just as important now as when you first had them and should not be denied.
Maybe you don’t have a lot of time to do them, but find some way to incorporate at least a small portion of them into your life. For example, if you have always wanted to dance, take a dance class once or twice a week.
You see, many people fill their lives with commitments that bring them little to no satisfaction. Life is too short to be lived this way. While we do have obligations that are necessary for our basic day to day living, we should always make time to take care of ourselves. So, I ask you, what is it time for you to quit?
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