You Should Just Quit.

And no, I'm not talking about smoking.  Although if you smoke, you should totally quit that, too.  I'm talking about that thing that you started that you keep doing because someone expects you to, or you paid money to do it, or maybe it's just what you think you're supposed to do. 

You started Zumba because your friends convinced you it would be super fun, despite the fact you hate dancing and have no rhythm. 

You signed up with a personal trainer who is paying more attention to her cell phone than she is to you. 

You were just sure you'd love tilapia and bought five bags of it when it was on sale, but couldn't make it past the first bite.

So quit already.  Stop doing the thing you hate, just because you think you should.  When you were little, and even as you grew, you heard:

"Finish what you started," and "Quitters never win, and winners never quit." 

But those statements are not necessarily true. When we continue doing things that aren't a great fit for us, we can actually bring progress to a screeching halt!

I didn't read a single book for about ten years.  Can you believe that?  Not. A. Single. Book.  Do you want to know why? Too bad, I'm telling you anyway. ;-) I had shelves full of books that I either hadn't read yet, or had started and not finished - and I felt like I couldn't get a new book until I finished them.  Once I finally gave myself permission to purchase and read books I wanted to read, I now average one book every two months.  That's not incredible, but reasonable considering all I have going on. 

(The Slight Edge, the first book I read once I moved past the books on my shelf.)

If I had excused myself from reading those other books ten years ago, I could've read sixty books by now. 


Can you imagine all the fitness expertise, leadership qualities, and parenting skills I could have acquired by now?  I can, and it makes me so mad at myself.  Please don't make that same mistake!

So quit Zumba, regift the nasty fish, and break up with the distracted trainer.  Your time is too precious and too limited to waste it on things that don't add value to your life.  Chalk it up to a lesson learned.  Part of trying new things is admitting when they're not a great fit for you.  Don't let the guilt consume you. You'll make progress much faster if you cut ties and move on.  It worked for me, and I'm certain it will work for you! 

Consider what is currently a part of your life that isn't a great fit.  We all have something.  What is yours?  Are you willing to just quit?

Rachel Flint

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