Enough is enough
How do you know when to stop? When it is time to pack it in and move on? Some signs to watch out for.
How do you decide when enough is enough? Is there a turning point at which you say “stop.”
When you throw your heart and soul into something to make it happen, it’s hard to admit that it’s not going the way you thought, or that perhaps it is time to finish, regardless of the outcome.
I remember one project that I had spent a year working on, which by all rights should have been done and dusted. But it wasn’t and not really through any fault of my own, but more how life had unfolded and the expectations in place.
So I drew a line in the sand. I declared I was done. While I would see it through to the bitter end, but I was not donating any more time to it.
When you lend your expertise to a project, especially as a volunteer, you hope that those involved will respect and value it.
When it isn’t and they are not listening to your advice, that’s when you know, it’s time. And if the end project ends up not being something that you are proud of, or would want to put your name to… then it’s time. And when you’ve lost your passion for it, and are finding it all a chore… then it’s time.
But it is disappointing and difficult. We start with such high hopes. And regardless of your involvement, the show goes on. But there does come a time, when you need to let go and move on.
And next time perhaps be more cautious before you leap in.