A Simple Trick To Tell If You're Ready To Quit - Or If You Are Just Hitting A Dip
We can all hit points where we want to give up on a creative endeavour. Here's a trick to tell if you are hitting a rough patch - or if it is time to pack it in.
We can't face the possibility that our precious time has been wasted, so we plough on, despite all signs to the contrary telling us to stop.
But the truth is, as Marie Forleo points out in the video above, some things are worth walking away from. And when we do, we will feel better for it, possibly relieved in fact.
But there are other times where the choice is not so clear.
Say it is a passion and it means a lot to you and you are not getting anywhere. What then? How can we tell if we are deluding ourselves or if we have just hit a bump in the road?
Marie Forleo says "The 10-Year Rule" is worth remembering here. She explains that if you really want to know how committed you are - to anything - it is to ask yourself a simple question:
"If you actually did quit this, how would you feel 10 years from now?"
If you feel a gut wrench right now even considering this question, you have your answer. You might have just found yourself in a "dip", i.e., a rough patch. You might be suffering from burnout and just need to take a break, step back and recap.
If, however, you feel neutral - or a sense of relief - then you also have your answer. Like anything in life, if you are happy and willing to walk away from it - for good - it might not have been right for you in the first place.