In principle, quitting is underrated. Of course we know that persistence often leads to success; and that success sometimes requires “hanging in there.” But persistence and “hanging in there” can also lead to losing money, losing health, and losing friends.
In spite of the “succeed at all costs” ethic that often surrounds us, quitting is often the best decision. Walking away is often the most practical thing to do, especially when it’s thoughtful, deliberate, strategic.
When groups do strategic planning they are often quick to add programs, products and services, but reluctant to make cuts. This results in strategic plans that are unrealistic on paper or unsustainable in reality. For strategic planning to result in realistic and sustainable plans, cuts must be considered.
Practical Tip: Do not overlook that quitting or leaving a relationship or cutting a program may in fact be the very best decision.
Don’t quit something on a whim or in anger or in haste, but if letting go or getting out really is the best strategy to achieve a higher objective, do it.
When strategic planning, don’t just decide what to add. Put equal thought into what to cut.
Groups waste energy and fall behind because they resist quitting something. Unfounded fear of cutting a program or a relationship can paralyze a group and cause huge expense. Quit while you are ahead.
– Craig Freshley