I’ve quit lots of things in the past. I quit college twice. I quit exercising regularly last summer, and I can tell now. I quit drinking mountain dew every Monday and then I quit quitting mountain dew every Wednesday. I’ve quit blogging twice as well. Did you know I have a youtube channel? I’ve quit that too. My point is that I’ve quit a lot of things.
Although I’m pretty successful (by my own definition, of course), I have quit all those things above, and more, and therefor I am a quitter! Umm, I’m not terribly depressed about the things I’ve quit and honestly I can appreciate the lessons learned from quitting as well as where I am now because of it. More specifically, I can better understand why I’ve quit and how to prevent it in the future.
You’re in over your head.
Not in a bad way, or maybe. More like you’ve decided to do something before even having a plan, or any information, or facts or anything. For example, those two other blogs I’ve had, I read other blogs, desired their lifestyle of what I thought was just writing about my feelings and taking some pictures. So I started. I failed. I was misinformed and in over my head so I quit.
2. No Instant results or gratification.
Often times when there are no instant results or gratification, motivation is lost. After a continuous lack of motivation the result is usually quitting. I worked out regularly to lose weight but when the weight wasn’t coming off fast enough I quit. With blogging, I read these high dollar income reports that I desire, NOW and I want to quit because it is not happening. This was the reason, in my opinion, behind quitting college twice as well. The end result seemed so far away and more difficult than I imagined. Which leads me to the next reason below.Click To Tweet
3. It’s too hard.
Most times when we have a “big idea” or embark on a new journey, we (or I) get so excited about the results and often never think about how hard it will be or how much work it will require. Usually once that first set back is experienced that knocks us off our feet, we quit. On the other hand, however, sometimes it’s the reality of how difficult it could be that prevents us from even starting at all. In either situation the end result can still be considered quitting.
4. Not fully committed.
There are many reasons that can affect your level of commitment to a new project or journey. Family, life, work responsibilities are just a few. When I initially began GDTH, my work responsibility and home responsibilities were different. At that time I was able to blog at least three times per week, however since then things have drastically changed. We have a new pet, I’ve switched supervisors at work, and the mister works longer hours which as all affected my level of commitment to GDTH. My decreased level of committment is affecting my earning potential and the growth of GDTH which has resulted in me considering quitting GDTH.
5. Overwhelmed by the work or time
Feeling overwhelmed at some point is unavoidable. The pressure that comes from being overwhelmed all the time, for me, is suffocating and usually the point that I want to quit or do quit. In 2012, I nearly quit my last semester of graduate school because of how overwhelmed I was by ongoing revision recommendations of a 20 plus page paper that was required to pass the class. In my case, pressure really does burst my pipes.
6. No definition of success or lack of measurements.
It’s important to determine what “being successful” looks like to you and measure your outcomes throughout. Within the blogging world, particularly, I feel like bloggers quit because they feel unsuccessful based on comparisons to other bloggers. This was also the reason I quit blogging twice before and sometimes consider it now.
Any or all of the above reasons may have been why you have quit, which I think is perfectly fine especially if you’ve learned from it. Just about all the above reasons have been my reasons for quitting something at one point or another. In every quitting situation, I discovered something about myself which has prevented me from quitting now and helped me make better decisions.
What have you quit and why?