When to Quit and When to Stick: Make the Right Decision!

Deciding to Quit, Stick, or Both

An enormous part of life is knowing when to quit and when to stick. Maybe it’s a job that you don’t like, or perhaps a business venture that’s failing. Or maybe it’s something else – could be a number of things! We all struggle occasionally with when to quit or when to stick with something. How important is this topic in your life, and what can you do to make the right decision at the right time?

The Misconceptions of Quitting and Sticking

There are a few misconceptions about how to achieve your goals. Many people think that if you “just stick with it, you’ll eventually succeed.” But what if you’re on the wrong path altogether? Continuing down that road will only get you further from your intended destination.

Another misconception is that quitting is for losers. On the contrary, quitting could be the best decision you’ve ever made! Quitting can free you up to work on new projects, think critically about how you’re living life, and remove a truckload of stress.

There are times to quit and there are times to stick. But don’t think as quitting as bad or sticking as good, think of them as options.

When You Should Quit

You should never give up on life. That’s not the type of quitting we’re talking about here. The kind of quitting we’re talking about means eliminating or changing one area of your life to replace it with something new. That could mean changing something as small as your product pricing or getting out of a bad habit. Or, it could mean something more radical like getting out of the rat race or ending a detrimental relationship.

What do you think about the following quote?

Quitting is the easiest thing to do. – Robert Kiyosaki

Mr. Kiyosaki’s quote rings true when it comes to things we should actually stick with that are difficult, but it doesn’t when you’re quitting something that is actually fruitful in your life. When you have to choose between a fruitful activity you’re currently doing, and an alternative that has the potential to do better, it’s in fact very difficult to quit and try something new. And sometimes, that can cloud your judgement about when to quit.

Here are two instances when you should probably quit or heavily modify your project, plan, or circumstance:

  • When your stress level starts negatively affecting other areas of your life. Maybe you have a job that you dread going to and you’re not getting any sleep at night because of the stress. Probably time to look for another job, then quit.
  • When your activities are not moving you forward toward your major life goals. For example, if your goal is to produce more residual income, but you aren’t educating yourself or trying other opportunities because you work 24/7 (and, by the way, for extremely low wages), perhaps it’s time to quit the full-time position and move to part-time – or quit altogether!

When You Should Stick

Sometimes, it’s important to stick with something over the long haul. For example, long term investing is a good idea, and staying married to your spouse is another!

But during the difficult times when you’re wondering if you should stick with something, you might ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this project need time to work?
  • Does this project have a high potential to get me to where I want to go in life?
  • Do I have an attitude about this project that I shouldn’t have?

If you find yourself answering “yes” to these questions, perhaps you should give the project more time. And certainly, always stick with your virtues and make it a goal to progress in life.

Still Not Sure?

When I decided to quit my job and pursue professional blogging full-time, it wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. It took years of careful planning – and believe me, I still made mistakes along the way! Sometimes I had to quit certain activities in order to free up my time. Other times, I had to stick with a job I didn’t love, so that my dream job would have time to grow and mature.

Perhaps you’re in the same boat. You’re asking yourself if you should quit or stick with something. Maybe the answer lies in a little of each. Over time, you can maneuver your ship where you want it to be.

Bonus tip: If you’re happily married, ask your spouse what they think you should do. Many times, they’re right.

Don’t be afraid to quit when you know in your gut you’re ready.

Don’t be too lazy to stick with something before it has a chance to prove itself.

Don’t fear making a decision – your future awaits!

Have any more tips on how to make a decision between quitting and sticking? Perhaps you’re going through a difficult circumstance you want to pose to ChristianPF readers. Leave a comment and let others reply!

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  1. vas

    Many people invest time and money in certain areas of study in hopes of achieving a dream career, and rightly so. IMO it is ok to QUIT HOLDING OUT for the perfect position and temporarily settle for a job that may be different from your skill set to maintain a steady income and to stay productive in the workforce. Usually, there are others to consider when you make this decision — not just you. Sometimes you have to quit for a time in order to survive. I have done this and it can be very humbling. But God promises to exalt the humble.

  2. Robin

    This is so on time for me and often your blog is. Thank you so much. I am working in a very very high pressure job right now that challenges my faith every day. To me, “quitting” in the sense you are talking about, is really surrendering to God’s will, to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    • John Frainee

      Thanks Robin, it’s so encouraging to hear those words. Saying a prayer for you right now that The Lord will direct your steps.

  3. Alan

    Great article! I can’t agree more with your points, especially the last part about asking your spouse. I have found that many times our judgment can become very clouded from being too close to a situation and our spouses are often able to look at the same thing with far more clarity. It’s important to seek the opinions of our loved ones when we aren’t sure what’s best because they usually offer a perspective we might not have considered before.