The other day, one of my favorite writers, Chris Guillebeau, did a fantastic interview with Dr. Sarah England, a woman on a mission to improve the world. Her way of improving the world includes helping to change people’s attitudes about smoking in China. She lives and works there promoting the health benefits of quitting smoking.
In the interview, Dr. England said, “If you want to be highly ineffective, quitting is the best thing you can do.”
Seeing as how I recently made the difficult decision to quit the MBA program, this phrase struck a nerve in me, and I said so.
Sometimes quitting is actually the more efficient thing to do, especially when you’re out to achieve big goals. When you forge new paths, you’re ultimately going to make some wrong turns. When that happens, the most efficient thing you can do is walk away from what’s not working, cut your losses, learn from your mistakes, and try a different approach.
Quitting intentionally is much different than giving up.
Giving up is when you stop because you have lost hope or lack the self-confidence to keep going.
Quitting intentionally is what smart, intuitive people do when they realize something isn’t right for them.
Yet, even when quitting is the right thing to do, it’s rarely easy. We’re often taught that if you quit, you’re a loser. Seriously, winners never quit, right? It’s often vilified right up there with cheating.
I’d like to help change that perception.
Join me in a “quitting challenge” to see just how many wasteful, inefficient things you can quit this week:
- Quit making excuses for not going after your goals
- Quit complaining
- Quit doing things you hate
- Quit putting off the things you love
- Quit watching so much TV
- Quit indulging people who suck precious energy from you
- Quit comparing yourself to others
- Quit wishing for more hours in a day
- Quit desiring to look different than you are
- Quit avoiding difficult decisions and questions
- Quit neglecting your health
- Quit gobbling down food
- Quit muting your gut instincts
Alright, I know this list is just the beginning. What are some other things you can quit that will help you achieve your goals faster?
Thanks for sharing!