Quitting has a negative connotation. It not only defies my loyal Libra instincts, it’s long been ingrained in my mind that winners never quit; quitters never win. My yoga life has taught me better, however.
Why I’m Cool With Quitting
I’ve been clocking a lot of quits lately. I’m a week into self-employment (yup, I’m doing this again) after quitting a job on the fly. Yes, I woke up last week and decided to let my soul explore, to remove myself from a place that wasn’t nurturing my passions, or aligning with my purpose. I had been with the company a whole two weeks, but I’d say I stayed 13 days too long.
Ten years ago, I would’ve dragged myself to that cramped cubicle in the insipid environment where my talents rotted and spoiled like sushi in the sun. I’d have psyched myself up with some stick-it-out-mantra: Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. That’s always been my way, because I like to float through life believing the best is yet to come. And it is, but sometimes we have to send our souls the invite rather than waiting for the mail. Know what I mean?
Master The Art of Quitting
I recently heard that Netflix lost millions when new anti-theft credit cards were issued to customers subscribed to the auto-renewal platform. Apparently, many people had been paying for a service they weren’t really using. Been there done that, and I’m talking about relationships, unhealthy habits, and life situations that no longer make sense. Sometimes we stay for convenience, or because change takes effort. For more on that, read my post on divorce.
Ask yourself: what am I subscribing to that no longer serves me?
I challenge you, myself, and every bad ass in the making to stop choosing things that don’t create the outcomes we deserve, desire, and so desperately need to become the amazing people we were created to be.
I’m not suggesting we let our treadmills get dusty, or leave a trail of starts and stops at our heels. Don’t check out of adult life just yet. To quote my dear friend, “Work is a four letter word.” That means it doesn’t always feel good to do what needs doing. But let’s examine what we’re putting on our plates to be sure it’s feeding our souls.
Here are 5 reasons your should become a quitter right now:
- Shi*t isn’t working, despite your best efforts. I will remind you of the definition of insanity: to do the same thing repeatedly, and expect a different result.
- Self-love, love yourself enough to leave toxic relationships/situations even without a safety net. Forget about having a backup plan. Get out this minute and trust the universe to illuminate your path. Repeat after me: Everything you need will come to you at the right time.
- Freedom to pursue your passions. Yes, sometimes we have to flip burgers to pay rent (college kids, ya hear me?), but if you don’t have the time to pursue your passions, or a plan in place to do so soon, you may get lost in your labor. However potholed your path, make sure it leads to your passion and purpose.
- Adventure (where’s your soul guiding you?). Life is fluid. Don’t settle for stagnant.
- Make room for the magic (something amazing is in store). You can’t unwrap your dreams if you’re currently carrying old baggage. Don’t be afraid of the unknown.
Come join the quitter’s club. No excuses allowed.
Mantra: I let go knowing I own nothing but this moment.