Dec 18

What’s Holding You Back?

frustratedThat’s it, I quit!

In Seth Godin’s book “The Dip”, he emphasizes the fact that we all believe winners never quit.  Seth tells us, “Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.”

I’m learning how to be a quitter. It’s not something that comes naturally to me.  Trying new things means you can’t be afraid to fail. If you fail, and you will from time to time, you learn, and move on. You quit.

In pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I registered for a class to learn Javascript , a computer programming language. I quickly found I was in over my head. This class, when taken online, was like learning to read Chinese backwards. The class was not for beginners and I had no one to show me click by click what I was supposed to be doing. I spent hours and hours to finish the simplest assignments. Precious time I should have  spent working on my business was being sucked into the course work. I was no longer moving forward with my business goals.

It was time to learn how to quit. Sure, I could have gutted it out and finished the class, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice so much time on learning a skill I could get by without. It took me a long time, but I decided to quit. This was a tough decision which I struggled with for days. But once I finally did quit, I was relieved and energized, ready to get back to working on my business.

Quitting doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The trick is knowing what to quit. If it’s not moving you forward, it’s time to quit. What tasks are you working on that are dragging you down?  What motions are you going through because you think you should never quit? What’s holding you back from the projects that are your true winners?

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