Giving Up: When is a Good Time?

Written by Success TV

Inside each of us is a storehouse of wisdom we often don’t access until we experience a setback. One of the best ways to access this intuition or inner wisdom is to ask ourselves good questions.  Often, the right questions can unearth an outdated or faulty belief system.job loss

What we were raised believing, doing and valuing may need to shift. Hard work, persistence, never saying “no” are some beliefs we’ve come to admire. We’ve read and watched the stories of triumph over adversity and failure. It’s all around us.

But, sometimes we have to let go. Let go to move on and explore new opportunities, meet new people and use our finite energy wisely.

We don’t really think about these issues until we experience severe head wind or resistance to something we want to achieve: launching or growing a business, getting a promotion, wooing a new client, making a relationship work. etc.

Tony Schwartz, the president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of Be Excellent at Anything recently wrote an incredibly insightful post for the Harvard Business Review about The Art of Letting Go.  In it, he offered these four questions that will help you to know when to give up and move on or stay the course:

1. Do I have a feeling in my gut that this dog just won't hunt?
2. How important will this seem to me in six months?
3. How important will this seem to me in two years?
4. Is there a more enjoyable and productive way I could be investing my time and energy right now?

If the answer to 1 and 4 are "yes," or the answers to 2 and 3 are "not much," it's time to let go.

If you do find it’s time to let go, it can seem scary because we might not know where we’re headed. But, the only way to find out is to create the room for new opportunities and places to put our energy.  Good luck in your journey.

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