Great article, Tom. As I was reading I was thinking of the other side of the equation: Not quiting and not giving up when you believe what you are doing is the right thing, even if you haven’t seen the results yet.
How do you chose to keep going? How do you make that logical decision?
One way is to separate the emotions from the data (I wrote about this in a post yesterday). Meaning, knowing the measure of time vs. the measure of increase, and what’s appropriate for your industry.
This is a conundrum for artists and creatives of any kind!
Apply this to someone in a job and the measures are easy. They are probably part of your contract or job description. Miss them by too much or too often, and someone helps you quit… aka you’re fired!
To use and re-write this quote from above:
“Here’s the danger in being fearful of quitting. You can get stuck. Instead of focusing on what is important to you, what makes you feel happy, healthy, and free, you just focus on not quitting. You stop being strategic. You stop thinking about whether your decisions will lead you to the life you want to live.”
Here’s the danger in quitting too soon. You may have been a day away from breaking through. You don’t quite when what you are doing makes you feel happy, healthy, and free. You get help, hire a coach, take a program to improve your chances. You focus on how your sacrifices have lead to this life you want to live.
You see where I’m going with this?
The flipside is me. In fact, it’s not that I recently quit something, I reframed what I had been doing as expereince. I had three options: continue on my own; do the same work but for a company; pivot.
I’m rambling a bit, but this is such a big issue when the quitting is around what one believes is their calling in life (like an actor or a writer).
These are tough decisions to make when the data says one thing (your finances) and your heart (the drama) says abother. Sometimes quitting is best, other times it’s a compromise, a pivot, a reframing, with an appropriate measure of time to re-assess.