As I sit here to write this article, I feel like I want to quit writing. I have this feeling often. Mostly because I’m not great at writing (yet) and it’s hard. The words don’t flow easily onto the page and so, I want to quit.
But, I press on.
The question of whether to quit or keep going is a tricky one. There’s no right answer or blueprint for the masses – which is a bummer because that would be straightforward and easy.
4 QUESTIONS BEFORE QUITTING A GOAL
I ask myself these key questions and I hope you might find helpful if you’re debating whether to quit or commit:
- Is this hurting my health?
- Why this goal and did this reason change? If so, it may be time to quit. And, there are benefits to it:
People who are better able to let go when they experience unattainable goals, they have the experience, for example, less depressive symptoms, less negative affect over time. They also have lower Cortisol levels, and they have lower levels of systemic inflammation which is a marker of immune functioning. And they develop fewer physical health problems over time. – Carsten Wrosch, psychology professor, Concordia University, Montreal
There’s also an interesting article written about the quitter’s mindset here.
- Am I holding onto this goal because of resources (time, money) already invested in pursuing it?
- Do I want to quit because it’s hard? Anything worth pursuing is going to have a force that’s going to push back hard. Steven Pressfield calls this the Resistance in The War of Art:
Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you.
Breaking through the Resistance means showing up and doing the work and so, I’ll keep going.
What about you? What questions do you pose to yourself when you feel like quitting? Leave a comment below.
The Upside of Quitting, Freakonomics