8 Things to Quit for a Better Life
You may have already prepared your list of goals for this year, but have you thought about the things you should quit as well? If not, keep reading. To make way for the good, you have to get rid of the bad.
As you get older, you begin to understand more and more that life is not about what you look like or what you own. It’s about the person you’ve become.
Here are eight things to quit to make positive changes in your life:
1) Quit doubting yourself
If you have been second-guessing your skills and abilities for most of your life, it is time to make a change. Make this year about believing in yourself and taking opportunities. Let go of negative self-perceptions and self-doubt; this will allow you to muster the courage to pursue what you want. You won’t regret it! And you might just unleash your best self ever, which is a great thing.
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure will ever will” -Suzy Kassem
2) Quit worrying too much about other people’s opinions
People will always have something to say; this is whether or not you do well in life. Many of these opinions reflect the character of the commentator, not yours, so there's no need to overthink it. It is okay to be concerned at times because it is human nature to think about how we are perceived; just avoid letting it get to you to the point that it stops you from going after what you want. Not everyone's opinion matters, and not all of them count for something.
“The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think” -David Icke
3) Quit trying to please everyone
You’re not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay. There are people that we vibe with, and some we don’t. Don’t waste your time pleasing everyone or going as far as compromising your beliefs and values for people who don’t matter in the first place. Instead, direct your energies to those in the same wavelength as you are. Keep working to achieve your goals and keep embracing your awesome self. The right people will acknowledge your efforts and love you for you.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” -Dr. Seuss
4) Quit any vices that you have
It may not be the easiest thing to do, but you should at least try. If you drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or engage in other unhealthy habits that you know are not good for you, it’s worth considering that you quit them for your own sake. You’ll need good health to enjoy the rewards and success you’ll reap. Vices can get expensive too, that’s another consideration. You’ll be surprised at how much you spend on cigarettes or alcohol if you do a quarterly computation. That money could have gone towards other things, like groceries or even simple investments.
“Vices are their own punishment” -Aesop
5) Quit focusing on the past
The past is a great time to reminisce about joys and victories, not failures and disappointments. If you want to look back, do it to remember the lessons you’ve learned or to acknowledge yourself for the progress you’ve made, not to dwell on your mistakes or the things that didn’t work. Life is beautiful, and it’s a blessing to wake up each day. Be in the now and savor every moment while it lasts. It’s the present moment that determines your future, not the past.
“The point of power is always in the present moment” -Louise Hay
6) Quit toxic friendships and relationships
Healthy and meaningful relationships make life worth living. Life is too short to spend with the wrong friends or a toxic partner. If you know that you are settling for less than what you deserve, it is time to raise your standards and quit the ties that do not serve you. Once you do this, you will feel so much better and see the difference in your life. You'll have better energy around you, more motivation, and a reliable support system.
“The better you are at surrounding yourself with people of high potential, the greater your chance for success” -John Maxwell
7) Quit merely pointing fingers...remember to assess yourself
If you know you are a toxic friend or partner, be honest with yourself; this is so you can consciously work on the aspects of your behavior that need improvement. It's never too late to form new habits or retrain your brain if you start now. Just be patient and strong-willed. If you want to live a happier life, be in fulfilling relationships, and hang out with the right people, it would make sense to work on yourself first; the rest will follow.
“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement” -Helmut Schmidt
8) Quit your negative thinking
Your mindset can make or break your life. Mindset is everything. Nothing is perfect and moments of dismay are inevitable, so is being negative sometimes. But if you think you’re slowly falling into the downward spiral of constant pessimism, the best course of action is prevention. Decide to quit negativity, and start by being grateful for what you have. Count your blessings. You have plenty.
“Is the glass half empty or half full?”
So, which among these do you plan to quit first? 😊