Too often we let things accumulate, things that hold us back from our dreams. Some people do colon cleanses, liver cleanses, spring cleaning, etc….. This is about a life cleanse. A deep clean for your soul.
“I Quit!”, these words can be liberating. In the right context it means that you are taking control and freeing yourself from whatever limitiation or hinderance is impeding your forward momentum. Your job, your negative self-talk, your excuses, your self-imposed limits, can all be swept away with this one powerful resolution to take your life back into your hands. Over the past few years I have done a lot of quiting. I quit bad relationships(both romantic and platonic), I quit bad jobs, I quit bad habits, I quit bad cognitions. Quitting is like spring cleaning on your schedule, on your routines, and your entire life. I wish I started sooner.
When I was younger I quit trying, I gave up on any real ambitions and I was just drifting aimlessly through life, this is not the type of quitting I do now. Now I only quit the things that I have let get in the way of the things I really want from life. Some people talk about time audits/schedule audits, budget reviews, etc. I am speaking along the same lines, just in a broader scope. I recommend an entire life audit. I try to take a deep look at things and critically ask the questions, “what am I doing to reach my goals?”, “Are my methods working?” “What is preventing me from reaching my goals and how do I quit?” I find myself repeatedly asking myself these questions. If something is not working, if my methods are broken, I quit and adjust accordingly.
One of my biggest “quits” was when I gave up drugs. Of course this was the biggest hinderance because it was the only thing I did, it was all that mattered to me. Once I took this negative habit out of my life, innumerable doors were opened and my life instantly improved. This was very beginning of my improvement journey.
This next quit was very big and is up there with quitting drugs… I quit social media about three years ago and I have never gone back. I do have a Linkedin and a Pintrest. The Linkedin I never use and the the Pintrest I use it for recipes and I am brands new to that. This social media “quit” revoluntionized my life. I previously spent countless hours, mindlessly scrolling through the abyssmal dysfunction of social media. I would recommend this “quit” to anyone who wants to improve their life and mental health also. I understand the use of social media for buisness promotion and networking but I strongly recommended limiting or eliminating social media for personal for use. It will only improve your life.
In the past year I have stopped doubting myself, I stopped making excuses, and I stopped diverting blame from myself unto others. My life is my responsibility so I have made the conscious decision to take back control. This has been and still is a gradual progress but I continue to make leaps and strides that exponentially improve my life. I used to put a “cap” on myself because of my previous negative self-image, I would create imaginary dead ends for my life and how far I could go and how much I could achieve. I would make excuses why my life and my level of sucess could only go so far. Eventually I had an epiphany, there is an infinite amount that anyone can achieve if they choose to do so and consistently take the necessary steps to reach their goals.
I was a chain-smoker since I was fifteen-years-old. About four or five months ago, I quit. I finally took action on this negative habit because I can inspired to start running. Almost overnight I quit smoking and started running. I could not even run a mile without wheezing at first. The other day I ran 11 miles without stopping and I will be in my first marathon in December. This speaks to the incredible power of quitting the things that we have invited to hold us back.
Our results are a direct product of the effort we imput and the limits we permit in our lives. We can only be stopped if we allow ourselves to be stopped. Of course life is hard and different people experience different circumstances but anyone can do anything if they are ready to suffer for it and quit settling for less than their best. Take care to pick the right things to suffer for and quit letting negative things intrude upon your sucess.
So far this year I have quit smoking, I quit making excuses about obtaining a higher education, I quit eating meat, I quit over-consuming caffeine, I quit sugar ( I still dabble), I quit negative self-talk. I’m a serial quitter. If it is not working, I quit. I quit allowing myself to accept mediocrity.
My point is not one of mass-reform or egotistical congratulatory statements. I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO IT TO. YOU CAN QUIT LETTING THINGS CONTROL YOU.YOU CAN QUIT ACCEPTING A LIFE THAT IS NOT THE ONE YOU DREAM OFF. YOU CAN CREATE A LIFE THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED!
The more your quit and replace negative things with productive things, the more freedom you will experience. Your health, both physical and metnal will improve. Your relationships will improve. You will improve and you will not regret doing it.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Join me on the journey.