I’ve been having a bit of an internal conflict about my time and how I’m spending it. Then I realized how mistaken we all can be about how we invest our energy into things.
I’m always hearing people’s beliefs about how going too far in one direction means that you can’t reroute. We think, “well, I’ve been at this job for 5 years now; there’s no point in picking up and starting over” or, “I’ve accumulated so many credit hours toward this degree
that I hate and am failing at; I just have to stick with it until I can graduate”, and “I’ve made so many mistakes before, there’s no use trying to break those habits”. Unfortunately, we apply that same logic to so many other scenarios. But the truth is that time invested isn’t a prison.
Granted, there is something gratifying about mastering the self-discipline that it takes to complete a difficult task and we certainly shouldn’t give up at the first sign of challenge. But there is a big difference between challenge and torture.
In reality, the number of years passed has nothing on the number of years still to come. You may have invested 5 years in something that doesn’t bring you happiness, but you still have the rest of your life to make up for that lost time.
Stop now. Start over now. Quit while you’re ahead. Start building something new. Start building the life you want.
Every minute counts and it’s never too late to be happy. Life doesn’t have to be torturous. You don’t earn bonus life points for coping with things that eat away at your spirit. So how do you know when to walk away or when to duke it out?
- What’s on the other side?
- Is the challenge of this worth the reward?
- Am I learning anything valuable along the way?
- Is the struggle making me a better person? (More disciplined, more focused, etc.)
- What will I lose if I walk away now?
- Am I willing to accept that loss?
- How much of my resources will it take to start over? (Time, money, energy, etc.)
- Am I willing to make that investment?
- Does the new challenge excite me more?
Be honest, follow your heart. Don’t fear the ‘reset’ button.