How to Quit to Get Ahead

Throughout our childhood we were always taught to follow through, maintain persistence and never quit. Although these attributes are impressive, knowing when to quit is also a great quality to develop in the appropriate times.

Continuing to pursue something that should have been stopped a long time ago is the definition of insanity. Knowing when to quit when something cannot be solved is a more productive and logical way to work.

If you analyze situations such as bad relationships, continued projects with no results and even unfulfilling jobs, quitting doesn’t mean you are necessarily a failure. Knowing when to quit can create even better situations and produce the results you desire.

Here are some areas to consider quitting, in order to get ahead:

  1. Quit being insecure.
    In different situations, people tend to lose their confidence and struggle with the situation at hand. Knowing when you should move forward and overcome self-doubt is a virtue. Find a way to recognize when you might be recoiling and recharge your confidence by taking control of the situation and yourself.
  2. Quit procrastinating.
    If there is something that needs to be done, do it! If the path is hard and full of change, find the courage to manage it and move forward. When it comes to excuses, stop finding them and take the plunge.
  3. Quit seeing only one perspective.
    When you feel you have no other choice and take on the victimized role, you lose focus that you have more than one choice. You always have a choice, even if one seems so hard that you cannot pursue it. Never lose site that you have a choice in every matter; it will give you the control back you desire.
  4. Quit repeating history.
    The worst thing anyone can do is the same thing over and over again hoping for a different outcome. Find a new approach to the same problem and maybe you will change the outcome.
  5. Quit saying yes.
    When you say yes to one thing, you are saying no to something else. Remember that when you say no, mean it. Try to avoid saying “I don’t think I can do that” or “I am not sure”. Stand your ground and say no, when you mean it.

A continual thread throughout learning to quit is finding confidence. The more confident you are, the easier it is to make decisions and find new ways to learn to quit.

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