Are you a quitter? Do you think if you give up on a project/job, others will perceive you as a failure? Or do you battle on until you succeed – which, in certain circumstances, is commendable.
But what if your project/job actually doesn’t suit you and it’s making you unhappy?
You’ve seen the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan on mugs, T-shirts and posters.
Well, I’ve got news for you. There’s a new slogan in town – Keep Calm and DON’T Carry On.
Dr Paul Gilbert, a clinical pyschology expert from the University of Derby, says: ‘So often we stick with things that don’t make us happy because we feel we should.’
It’s true. We worry what others will think of us if we ditch the exercise class, or change a high-powered career for one that is less pressured.
Well, you’re not a quitter if you do that. You tried something and it didn’t work out for you.
Our American cousins have such a different perspective. They don’t talk about quitting, they try something.
If it doesn’t suit them, they try something new. To them, they are simply ‘moving on’.
I just can’t resist trying new things. Some I’ve succeeded at, others I’ve made a right pig’s ear of dear.
Take the time, at 21 years old, that I decided to learn to ride a horse. Turned up at lesson one fully glammed ’n’ glitzed to the nines and clambered on to this enormous bloomin’ horse.
The beginners’ class all went off at a steady trot. My horse stood still and rolled over with me on it.
Horse riding lesson two. We had to learn ‘ round the world’, which meant turning a circle on top of your horse.
All the beginners’ horses stood patiently still while their riders completed the task.
As I got to the half-way stage, facing backwards, my horse shot off down the barn with me screaming and hanging on to his tail.
Did I quit ? No, I just ‘moved on’ to karate (which only lasted six lessons).
Always have a go folks.