Do you think of yourself as a quitter? Do you sometimes throw up your hands with a flourish and announce to the world that you're going to give up? Or is your method a silent slinking off to leave one thing behind to start another? Then again you might be one of those people who are determined to finish something "even if it kills you".
Sometimes quitting is good. I quit smoking--twice! If I quit once and then started a second time does it really mean that I ever quit? The first time I "quit" smoking I went for about eight years without a cigarette. Then I went back to a heavy smoking habit for another seven years before I quit for the second time. That was thirteen years ago. I don't think I'll ever start smoking again but perhaps I should say "never say never". Perhaps I am merely on another smoking hiatus, but I'd like to think that I've quit forever.
That's a good kind of quitting, but what about the kind of quitting we regret later? People quit for different reasons--time, money, health, frustration, and other factors can enter into the picture. There are solutions for everything, but sometimes they just don't seem worth the hassle when we are faced with making a decision. Before we quit anything we should decide whether or not we will regret it later, and if so what are the alternatives to quitting entirely.
I don't want to be a quitter when it comes to things for which I am passionate. I don't want to quit doing what I know deep down I should finish. Giving up on something to which I have devoted much and just walking away with regret is a decision to have squandered what I have put into my previous efforts. Seeing one's efforts to a satisfactory ending is good investing. I want the payoff, even if it is not the one I originally expected. Give me a return on my investment of time, effort, money, and passion and give it to me with interest earned and a satisfaction of a job seen through to completion.
A quitter is not the label I want to be known by. I am going to try my best to quit quitting when quitting is not in my or anyone else's best interest. Quitting quitting is not always going to be easy and may not always be possible, but at least I can say I tried.