Why Quit? You may ask yourself after putting in a lot of energy into something.
Why quit when you can put in more energy to achieve your goals? Would quitting mean that you are weak of character?
Doesn’t courage and resolve make you a person of strong character who is determined to fight until the end to achieve their goals?
But halt! Take a deep breath and think this over again.
You may be doing something wrong. Maybe you’re not applying the right strategy. And that’s what many of us fail to understand.
In every aspect of our lives, it isn’t enough to keep fighting to achieve our goals. Yes, those goals must be reached, but what’s the point if you’re performing the wrong action.
It’s like playing archery in the dark and hoping to hit the target. You might not be able to achieve your goals if you blindly persist in applying the wrong actions.
One of the phrases that struck me most when I read Seth Godin’s The Dip: The Extraordinary Benefits of Knowing When to Quit (and When to Stick)—which spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over 100,000 copies in 1 month—was that you should consider quitting if you’re not willing to put in the effort to do your best. So, in your path to learning how to persist, you should ask yourself whether it is a dip or a dead end.
To understand the concept of the dip, let’s imagine this. You’re learning how to ride a bike. You’re on a landscape that dips and rises steeply. Surely, you are going to have lots of fun when you are riding downhill, right? You pedal so easily and get to the bottom, but the task becomes more difficult as you ride uphill.
The part where you ride easily is analogous to that glorious moment when you see the first results of your effort. This could be when you earned your first dollar from your website or from affiliate marketing. It could be when you landed your first deal with a client. Or it could be when you lose your first few kilos (pounds). After this initial glorious moment, it becomes hard to keep going. You feel like you don’t have enough energy to push things further.
People react differently when they’re in this situation. Some just give up altogether, while some would keep pushing with the hope that every effort will drive them closer to success. Sometimes, people who quit may have taken the right decision. They save time and energy by not pursuing a goal they cannot achieve.
On the other hand, it might take just one more push to propel you into the realm of success.
This brings us to the point: when should you quit? Do you know when to quit or do you struggle with this? More about this in the next post.
Meanwhile, let me know in the comment section below when you know it’s time to quit. How did you feel later on? Did you regret your decision to quit?