We are so hesitant to quit or start over.
On one hand, there’s social pressure.
There’s the stigma against quitting.
This stigma serves us often.
After all, much benefit comes from learning to stick things out when we don’t want to.
On the other hand, it also has the potential to keep us engaged in activities, patterns, or behaviors that aren’t serving us.
We know that what we’re doing isn’t right.
We know that we want to pivot.
We know that there’s something better out there.
Yet, we don’t want to be a “quitter”.
We don’t want to look back at all the effort we put in for nothing.
We don’t want to want to wonder “what if” we’d stuck with it.
So we keep pouring more effort into a meaningless cause.
All for the sake of not quitting.
All because we don’t want to start over.
Implying that possibly everything up to now was a waste.
It’s not uncommon to feel this way.
If you’re feeling that way, go ahead and consider quitting.
You might have already put in a lot of time and energy.
You might see that all as having been for nothing if you quit or move on to something different.
It won’t be.
You’ll still have tried.
You’ll still have learned.
You’ll still have grown.
It’s okay to start over.
This is just one more step toward your best life.
That’s a long process.
It will take experimentation.
It will take exploration.
It will take figuring things out.
Don’t double down on efforts that aren’t working for you.
Don’t stick with them just for the sake of not quitting.
You only have one life to live.
That life is too short not to spend it working on the most worthy efforts.
Your perspective on what those efforts are may change.
You’ve got this.