“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… Then quit.
There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”
~ WC Fields
Someone once said that “winners never quit, and quitters never win”. I prefer Seth Godin’s philosophy; “winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt”.
The truth is that sometimes, it’s a good idea to quit.
I came to this conclusion last week during yoga class. My teacher is adamant that her students only hold a pose for as long as they can maintain “integrity” in it. In other words, when you fall out of alignment, you release the pose. There’s no point in doing a half-assed “bakasana”, because it does your body more harm than good.
Similarly in life, we tend to hang on to “poses” long after we have fallen out of alignment with them. They’re the jobs we don’t give a crap about, or the relationships that fizzled long ago. But what if we gave ourselves permission to release and let go of these “poses” which no longer express our full integrity?
If you’re unable to give your best to something, your heart is not in it. If your heart’s not in it, do yourself a favor and quit.
You may worry that if you become a “quitter”, you’ll never get anywhere, which could not be further from the truth. When you leave behind the things that aren’t working for you, you increase the energy, drive, and focus being channeled into the things that ARE working for you. In this state of mind, quitters always win.
Quitting doesn’t mean you abandon the POSE for good; you keep practicing. But by following the path with heart you set the conditions that will eventually create the highest expression of yourself in your career, health, relationships, and everyday life. This perfect state of alignment allows your true self to shine through in all you do. 🙂