To Quit Or Not To Quit?

I’ve recently been listening to Happy Sexy Millionaire and I absolutely loved Steven Bartlett’s quitting framework ( it’s in Chapter 11).

It’s all about managing the things that are working for you, and the things that are not… To quit, or not to quit?

How it works

It’s a pretty basic but really powerful framework, and it looks like this:

  1. Are you thinking about Quitting?
    a. Yes
    b. No – END HERE
  2. Yes – Why are you thinking about quitting?
    a. Because its hard
    b. Because it sucks
  3. Because its Hard – Is the challenge worth the potential reward?
    a. Yes – Don’t Quit
    b. No – I quit
  4. Because it sucks – Do I believe I can make it not suck anymore?
    a. No, I’ve don’t my best – I quit
    b. Yes
  5. Yes – Is the effort it would require making it not suck worth the rewards on offer?
    a. No – I quit
    b. Yes – I stick at it

To Quit Or Not To Quit?

Is it really that simple? The answer is yes… if you take these things into account.

  • Learn how to have faith in your rationale and be at peace with your decision
  • Before you start something new you must quit something else – to create space.
  • Quitting is for winners and is a skill
  • Learn how to never regret a quitting decision

Have Faith In Your Rationale

By following the yes/no framework that I have included above you can be confident that you have explored the pro’s and con’s to quitting something or ploughing on and making it work.

It’s important to be pragmatic in your approach and don’t let emotions like guilt or worry about looking like a failure cloud your judgement. (More on that below).

Let’s use an example…

  1. Are you thinking about Quitting posting to social media for your business?
    a. Yes
    b. No – END HERE
  2. Yes – Why are you thinking about quitting?
    b. Because it sucks
  3. Because it sucks – Do I believe I can make it not suck anymore?
    a. No, I’ve don’t my best – I quit. Before you do this it’s worth checking if it’s bringing you any rewards. If you’re posting all the time and not getting any benefits and really don’t enjoy it , then it’s time to wave goodbye. However, If social media is bringing you leads and/or website traffic but you don’t enjoy doing it, then it’s time to move on to option b.
    b. Yes – I hate doing it but it’s bringing me rewards. Now is the time to outsource the task. Is there someone in your business that can take over, or do you know a good VA?

Create Some Space

Often when we’re thinking of quitting something it’s because we don’t feel we have the time or ‘headspace’ to carry on. However, this doesn’t always mean you need to quit.

Look at the problem objectively, and again we’ll us the above example of quitting posting to social media. If you don’t have the time or inclination to spend time on this take then it’s time to outsource. Quantify how much work you are receiving from posting and then price up the cost of delegating this task to someone else. You might be surprised at how easy it is.

Quitting Is A Skill

To Quit Or Not To Quit

Quitting is a skill because it takes steady resolve and the ability to look at things in an objective way. You also need to review your day to day activities on a regular basis and make sure that they are bringing you one of the following:

  • Leads/cold hard cash
  • Business Opportunities that may lead to more of the above
  • Joy and happiness

No Regrets

Speaking of joy and happiness, when you’re looking to quit something it isn’t always about money, leads and business growth.

I speak to many people who are thinking of quitting something because even though they really love something it isn’t as lucrative as something else that they don’t enjoy as much.

That’s OK! You happiness and enjoyment is just as important and guilt shouldn’t come into it.

Similarly, never feel shame or embarrassment because something hasn’t worked out and you are quitting. Every failure brings a lesson and this is how we grow.

Dream Believe Achieve

I really believe that when you’re planning for your business growth it is really important to look objectively at your regular tasks and how you spend your time.

This is a big part of the Dream Believe Achieve Strategy that I run quarterly.


We look at your big dreams and use templates and techniques to turn them into tangible and attainable daily, weekly and monthly tasks.

You can find the next workshop over on my events page here Upcoming Events.

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