Knowing When to Give Up
Quitting has never been associated with anything positive. As an immediate thought, giving up has a negative connotation. Giving up an addiction, a bad habit, or something unproductive doesn’t come to mind when the word quit is spoken. Let’s change that.
We all must give up things to obtain the next thing. A closed hand cannot hold anything, especially to receive a wad of cash. A closed mouth cannot eat or drink, especially an ice cold glass of water during a hot day. Anything that has been closed needs to be opened. Another way of saying this is we must let go.
Letting go can also be the “other words” to giving up. Knowing when to let go or to quit is what’s hard. Admitting the issue at hand needs to move on is great, but to make it happen is when fireworks can explode. Suffering a self-inflected bomb of humility and pain doesn’t feel good, which is why we don’t openly discuss our personal problems. Acknowledging the why you won’t quit or let go will start the process so you can feel good and address those specific areas in need of your focused attention.
Our focus to solve our problems forces us to become vulnerable with ourselves and others. The need to become vulnerable is important because we have to make sense of what we thought was a good decision. Letting go the notion you’re not in control or the authority isn’t bad. Sometimes it is the healthiest decision you can make.
Knowing when to give up will allow you to give into what matters. Give yourself to people who encourage you, and let of go toxic relationships. Give yourself to active living, and let go of one sourced pleasure. Give in to different experiences, and let go of the monotonous lifestyle of unhappiness. Let go to give in.
I write this because my business is personal. My struggles are for your gain. No strings attached.
Nathan A. Webster, MBA
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