It can be difficult for us to quit things. Oftentimes, we have invested our time, emotions, and money into making something work.
But it’s okay to quit. Not everything is meant to work out.
There are many things in life that make perfect sense for us to begin… only to make perfect sense to quit later on.
We fall victim to the “sunken cost fallacy,” which is our natural tendency to be afraid to cut our losses on a project. We think since we already invested time/money/energy, we should continue.
This way of thinking is the reason:
- Businesses keep spending money on projects that have already failed.
- We are afraid to cancel a membership to a service we no longer use.
- We continue working on relationships that are not meant to be.
- We stay at a job longer than we should.
- We feel guilty quitting personal projects, even after we no longer enjoy them.
Learn and Move On
To make your life more simple and effective, it’s important that you recognize it’s okay to quit things.
Every time you quit something, it provides you an opportunity to reflect and learn: What was good about it? What was bad about it? Is there a different way of doing this?
Detach your personal feelings of self-worth or guilt from making the decision to quit. In fact, you should feel good about quitting, as you are actively working to simplify your life.
Quitting allows you to better allocate your precious resources of time, energy, and money. It allows you to re-focus on what matters.