Quitting Can Be an Act of Bravery and Not of Cowardice
Sometimes quitting is not an act of cowardice, but an act of bravery. Quitting doesn’t imply a lack of courage, but the complete opposite: bravery, prudence, emotional intelligence. In fact, in certain circumstances of life, the courage that is required to put an end to something is greater than the one necessary to keep on going with the story.
To stop offering resistance might be a good solution and, on occasions, the only way out we have. And no, it does not mean yielding under something or someone. Nor does it mean that we have run out of strength like the dictionary says. However, giving in when we face some adversity usually bring judgments from other people. Quitting is usually portrayed as a negative act that make us seem weak, if not cowards.
Cowardice and prudence are two different attitudes
Almost by inertia a lot of us tend to qualify, label and confuse attitudes that might explain the same behavior. Such as is the case of being a coward and being prudent. Either of these two attitudes could explain someone abandoning a project. Nevertheless, it would be easier to explain the abandonment due to cowardice. The cowardice of avoiding a cognitive dissonance that is upsetting us. Cognitive dissonance here means a lack of synchrony between what we do and what we think.
A coward is he who lets fear lead him, who does not want to take any risks. He who listens to his inner self and ignores it, who accepts unhappiness as a price to pay for comfort, etc. In contrast, a coward is not he who retreats, waits or gives up in a given moment of his life because he considers that it is an intelligent response for his well-being.
Quitting can sometimes be prudent. We would be thinking of the possible risks of continuing where we are and we would act accordingly so we would not suffer any more unnecessary damage. In fact, changing something when it is going wrong is an act of bravery.