We don’t spend enough time quitting. I don’t mean giving up. We do plenty of that. I mean quitting.
4,680- that’s the number of weeks we have on this planet, assuming we make it to the ripe old age of 90.
936 of these weeks are gone by the time we turn 18.
1,560 by 30. And our best health is behind us!
Suddenly 4,680 doesn’t seem a whole lot. In fact, you’ve lost another one in just the last week…
So what does this have to do with quitting?
And more to the point, what do I mean by quitting? Let’s start there.
Our lives are filled with activities. Whether work, play, or interacting with others. The days are often full.
Quitting is taking the decision to stop engaging in a certain activity. This might be a job, or a hobby, or any number of things. But the key point here is that once we make the decision, that’s it. Finished.
I quit drinking for example. Last November. And, much to the surprise of my friends, am thoroughly enjoying the decision.
So how is quitting different to giving up? Both involve ceasing a certain activity. The difference lies in the motivation behind the decision.
Giving up focuses on the short term. And avoiding the short term pain of an activity. This might be trying to learn a new skill, or starting an exercise regime. We decide the short term price is too great and forgo our efforts.
Quitting focuses on the long term. We quit because we judge the activity not a worthwhile pursuit. And therefore, not worth any short term payoff. This might be the dead end job, the bad habit, or the fruitless activity.
When we quit, we see that we’re wasting our precious time by maintaining this activity.
And the benefits of quitting? Sizeable!
Once we’re comfortable with quitting we can shake off the labels and expectations that shackle us in life. We find ourselves free to pursue activities that energise and excite us, and can become more focused in doing so.
What could you be quitting? There really is no time like the present.