Quitting isn’t a bad word. It’s not “giving up”, it’s letting go of what doesn’t serve you

You don’t become a quitter overnight. Quitting, unlike giving up, takes willpower and practice. You give up when it gets too hard, you quit when something isn’t hard enough and you know you want better.

Giving up is taking the easy way out, quitting is pushing outside of your safety zone to do something big.  

This is why quitting takes practice. Countless people are drained by their job, work, or commute, but too comfortable to take the leap to leave it and do what they love.

A decent salary and 401k stop most people from quitting a soul-sucking career to pursue their dreams. They give up on their dreams, and their comfort (and fear of failure) stops them from quitting.

Quitting takes willpower and facing your fear of the uncertain. Whether it’s for your health, work, or a relationship, you’re quitting what you know is not right for you to make space for what is.

You can learn to be a quitter by making incremental little changes in your habits and life.

Try little quits (peu quitte in French!), for a month or other small increment of time, to build up momentum. Commit to a sober month (but beware you may find you have less in common with your friends during sober October without shared insobriety, I did),  quit TV, or quit avoiding exercise and start your day with a walk or a round of pushups.

Train yourself that you are a quitter and that you are someone who quits what doesn’t serve them. Build momentum with these little quits to make the big quits feel more doable.

You’re a quitter now. So, plan to quit, make your mind up, and quit.

 

Want to be a quitter too?

Next week is the premiere of a new show called “Quitters!”,  a collaboration with my business bestie Christa Clark,  a kickass freelance designer and founder of Freelance Femmes.  We’ll be live streaming on Facebook to talk about what it takes to be a quitter, telling our stories of quitting, and interviewing fellow quitters. Hope to see you there!

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