“Winners never quit and quitters never win”
It’s an old saying that I’m sure you’ve heard many times before. But just how much truth is behind those words?
When and how do you know if its the right choice to cut and run and throw in the towel?
There comes a certain point where decisions have to be made and white knuckling your way through something, just to say you’ve finished it, isn’t a badge of honor to be proud of.
Let’s get real about this shall we….
You are never ever going to follow every single path you commence to it’s end destination.
You change. Your life changes. Your goals constantly change.
Every step that you take, causes you to grow and stretch beyond your current boundaries. Sometimes those changes will almost predetermine your need to give in and throw in that towel in certain areas.
I’m not talking about finding an easy way out either. Those are the times you need to suck it up and dig a little deeper, or as we like to say in Australia…Toughen Up Princess.
What I’m talking about here is when you’ve truly changed directions. Where you’ve outgrown those goals whose shine has lost their lustre.
As entrepreneurs we need to be flexible and adaptable. Do you really believe that any history making entrepreneur has never ever chucked in the towel. Of course they have. But never without good reason.
It’s not a failure to give in.
It’s a courageous act, too often unrecognised.
There are considerations dependent on the gravity of the decision. You have to be damned honest in your assessment of why you’re closing the book on something.
Here’s a few primers to question that inner voice.
Would you be safer to give up?
Is it threatening to your life or livelihood, both yourself and/or to others. Then its a no brainer to shift directions.
Are other people depending on you?
Do you have contracts to fulfil, do you have employees that would be effected by the changes you make. These things have to be taken into consideration before making any rash moves.
Can you modify it?
Sometimes we look at things from an all or nothing perspective, and it doesn’t always have to be that way. How can you tweak, or modify what you’re doing to change the outcome.
Can the goal been met in other ways?
It happens occasionally that we get kinda a two-for-one deal. Achievements can come as a byproduct of action in another area. Can you create this duality for your goals.
Are you reconciled with your decision?
If you’re wrestling with the option to give in, it may not be the solution for right now. Inner conflict can often indicate unresolved issues with the decision. If you’ve not reconciled with your choice it may lead to regrets down the line.
Decisions are tough, and the bigger attachment you have to the outcome the tougher they can be. Be honest in your assessment. You can play headgames forever more and justify your argument no matter which side of the coin you’re backing.
When you get to the end of your path, are you going to be pleased with where you’ve arrived?
We all struggle with throwing in the towel, second guessing ourselves becomes part of our nature. I’d love to get your feedback on this in the comments below, and please share this post with your friends. I’d like that very much
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