Know When to Cut Your Losses

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”

~ Denis Watley

Know When to Cut Your Losses

by Marsha Petrie Sue

Sometimes, giving up is necessary. Quitting may very well be good for your health, according to a study reported on by the Association for Psychological Science. The lesson isn’t necessarily a new one; it simply states that it’s helpful to know when to cut your losses. But here is the catch: the upside to the study for those less willing to give up on goals easily is that of the participants who did quit, those who were more willing to set and re-engage in new goals had more sense of purpose. Notice they didn’t give up altogether; they merely modified their actions to fit a new set of goals.

So the question is: Will you give up, or toughen up? The choice, as always, is yours (Sue, p. 57).

From: Sue, M.P. (2010). The reactor factor: how to handle difficult work situations without going nuclear. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call To Action

As you face obstacles this week, you have the choice of giving up, pushing through, or setting a new set of goals.  You choose.