Fans of the musical “Hamilton” are familiar with the song ‘What comes next?’ sung by King George the III. It follows the Americans having won the Revolutionary War and in it, the king asks Americans what they’re going to do now that they’ve won. Or in another manner of speaking, what they’re going to do now that they’ve quit being subjects of the British empire. He sings:
“What comes next? You’ve been freed. Do you know how hard it is to lead.
You’re on your own. Awesome. Wow. Do you have a clue what happens now?”
I was reminded of that song when this week a friend suggested that I write a blog post on what comes after a quit. Sometimes it’s instant gratification, but other times the gratification is delayed and there’s a difficult period to wade through first. UGH. The very thought of wading through that period is enough to make people steer clear of necessary quits. Humans will go to extreme lengths to avoid conflict and pain, even if the alternative is a less-than-fulfilling existence.
So what if you’re in that difficult period? First off, congratulations, you did it. You quit. You likely knew what was coming and you also knew that you were strong enough to make it through to the other side. Second, keep focusing on the fact that there indeed *is* another side. You’ve likely seen the quote that says “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” That’s a great reminder that you’re going THROUGH something…on your way to something better. So while you have my ultimate sympathy and empathy for your struggles (we’ve all been there), just keep in mind that you quit because you know there’s something better waiting for you, and you will eventually get there, and the struggle will just make you that much stronger.
So if the answer to “What comes next?” was “a difficult period,” just know that what comes next after *that* is the reason you quit in the first place. Keep focused on that light at the end of the tunnel and best of luck. You got this:)