I had a conversation the other day with a friend of mine about quitting versus letting go. What does it really mean to quit or let go of something?
Definitions of quitting include leaving, vacating, exiting, departing from, abandoning, withdrawing from, cease, discontinue, give up, relinquish, usually permanently.
Letting go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something. Stop holding or gripping.
When I think about these two words, they each have a different energy behind them. Quitting feels more harsh, abrupt. Like something is there one second and gone the next. Letting go has a sense of empowerment to it. The idea of consciously deciding to just let go of something that doesn’t work for you anymore. It feels like dropping a feather, whereas quitting feels like dropping a boulder. Quitting is a final discarding of energy while letting go is a shifting of the energy.
There are times when quitting something quickly is the right choice. Like immediately walking away from a situation you can tell is not good.
And there are times when letting go is a better fit. Realizing a job you are in just isn’t right for you anymore and you take the time to discover what’s not working, why it’s not working, and what needs to be done.
Many of my coaching clients believe that in order to create change in their lives they have to quit doing certain things or give up some things in order to have what they want. But it doesn’t really work completely that way. Often times it’s just a letting go of an old belief that keeps them stuck or slowly letting go of a habit that serves no good purpose for them.
There are times to quit and times to let go.
Sometimes you go out with a bang and sometimes you walk away quietly.
You get to decide what feels right to you.
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