Society rightly encourages us to challenge ourselves and push our limits. But is there ever a time when giving up actually is the right thing to do?
Society rightly encourages us to challenge ourselves and push our limits.
Challenges offer great learnings and opportunities to develop ourselves. Think of your last promotion or job offer that was a little (or a lot!) above your level. Or even the last task you’ve tackled that was beyond your experience. In either situation, it might have felt difficult at first and a little frightening. You forged through and along the way, learnt not only new skills, but learnt about yourself.
Sometimes, however, the uncertainty of the unknown the challenge presents is such that it makes us want to concede defeat.
Is there ever a time when giving up actually is the right thing to do? How can we know that the red flags or warning bells we feel inside are legitimate and worth giving a voice to?
I don’t have a specific answer, because I think it’s up to the individual. But a key element is to know ourselves well enough to be able to call the feeling for what it is – anxiety that can be dealt with, overcome and used to our benefit or a challenge that doesn’t align with our values or objectives which should therefore be abandoned.