“I don’t want to be a quitter.”
It’s the American rally cry. To quit is to be weak, a loser, a person of questionable moral fiber. And so we stay in the job, in the same types of relationships, we do the same sports, read the same books and carry on in the same way of thinking -- even after any of these may have stopped working for us.
And of course there are all kinds of positives about sticking with it during tough times. However -- what about the times when quitting might be the best thing to do?
Maybe our resistance started when we were young kids doing a sport or playing an instrument we hated but our parents said, “You’re not going to be a quitter.” But what if you had quit the swim team or piano lessons, the scout group or dance classes and instead found that you liked tennis, writing or calculating quadratic equations?
Seth Godin writes about the joy of quitting which gets the ball rolling on this topic.
With that in mind, the question here is:
Is there anything that you could quit – or let’s say RELEASE – that would let you discover something you’d rather do?
Is there something you could let go of that would make you breathe more easily and add a spring in your step and give you a bit of an excited rev in your engine to go forth and manifest?
It can take a lot of courage and discernment to be a quitter.
Letting go and being open to the faith of new possibilities takes balls.
Also, giving yourself the space to leave may give you the moxie to jump in and try new things. You don't have to be imprisoned by sticking with it if it continues to be unfruitful and sucky. We're not suffer-mongerers here!
So, with all this in mind –- how can releasing a person, place, thing or behavior make your life even better?