Do you believe that "winners never quit and quitters never win"? Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you're unhappy? Our culture usually defines quitting as admitting defeat, but persistence isn't always the answer: When a goal is no longer useful, we need to be able to quit to get the most out of life. In Quitting, bestselling author Peg Streep and psychotherapist Alan Bernstein reveal simple truths that apply to goal setting and achievement in all areas of life, including work, love, and relationships:
Without the ability to give up, most people will end up in a discouraging loop.
Quitting is a healthy, adaptive response when a goal can't be reached.
Quitting permits growth and learning, as well as the ability to frame new goals.
Featuring compelling stories of people who successfully quit, along with helpful questionnaires and goal maps to guide you on the right path, Quitting will help you evaluate whether your goals are working for or against you, and whether you need to let go in order to start anew.
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About the Author
Alan B. Bernstein, LCSW, has written about careers and transitions (The Princeton Review's Guide to Your Career and Your Retirement, Your Way) and served on the faculty at New York Medical College and New York University's doctoral program in psychology. He lives in New York.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Myth of the Little Engine 1
Chapter 1 The Psychology of Persistence 7
Chapter 2 Unsuccessful Quitting 37
Chapter 3 Quitting As an Art 53
Chapter 4 A Talent for Quitting 81
Chapter 5 Managing Thoughts and Emotions 105
Chapter 6 Taking Stock 127
Chapter 7 Mapping Your Goals 151
Chapter 8 How to Quit Well 173
Chapter 9 Resetting Your Inner Compass 193
Afterword: The Wisdom of Quitting 211