If you search Pinterest or other online sources for words like inspiration, doubts or struggle, you don’t find much about giving up. Our society doesn’t like quitters. Instead we tell each other to persevere, get back up again, to focus, to overcome. Winston Churchill is credited with the mantra Keep Plodding On, and look where the world might be if he hadn’t. It’s enough to make a doubter feel like a failure for even entertaining the thought.
So today, I offer you this humble gift: it’s okay to quit.
When your gut tells you it’s time to stop; when continuing is more painful than knowing you’ve “failed” then, for the sake of your serenity, don’t listen to the well-intentioned cheerleaders who’ve never climbed a hill, let alone your mountain. Give yourself permission to change your mind, change your goal, take a breather, take a nap. You’re not a loser, you’re protecting your sanity.
Still not convinced? Is the negative self-talk pretty loud right now? Does even the act of stopping scare you? Well, if it would help to have a quitting buddy, here I am. Take my hand, and we’ll do it together.