5 Reasons You Should Become a Quitter

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.

 

5 Reasons You Should Become a Quitter

Mantra: I let go knowing I own nothing but this moment. 

32 Comments
  • Kerri
    November 23, 2015

    Love your post! My favorite part of this post is being a quitter to have the freedom to pursue your passions.

    • Rica Lewis
      November 23, 2015

      Thanks, Keri! I hope you have an amazing journey.

  • Meghan Sara
    November 23, 2015

    AWESOME POST! Quitting is sometimes the best option!

  • Danielle
    November 26, 2015

    What a fabulous post! I’ve always been pretty clear with myself about what is not serving me; but these past few weeks have been showing me more ways in which I need to streamline and focus. Feeling good about it, so far 😉

  • Jonelle
    November 26, 2015

    YES!!!! I love this post.. it’s awesome and just what I say all the time. Sometimes you’ve got to be brave enough to close one door so that you can open the next!! Here’s to opening more doors!!

  • Fay
    November 26, 2015

    Love the one on self-love and leaving even without a safety net.. Nice job! thank you

    • Rica Lewis
      November 28, 2015

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Fay! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Aiman
    November 27, 2015

    Great post! I recently quit from a part time which was not benefiting me (except for the money). And right now, I’m blogging, practicing my sketching, hairstyles along with my studies AT HOME. My friends believe I should get a job and be more social. but to be honest, I’m really enjoying my life right now. Am I doing it right?

  • Amanda
    November 29, 2015

    Yes, yes, YES!! I love this really insightful perspective on quitting. So many times we believe that we cannot quit anything we start because we believe that quitting means we’re failures when in actuality quitting something that is toxic or not serving you in any way is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Thank you for this vulnerable and inspiring post.

    • Rica Lewis
      November 30, 2015

      Thank you for reading and offering your insight here, Amanda. I appreciate it!

  • Kiara Martilla
    December 21, 2015

    Love love love. When I got pregnant last year, I knew that was my sign to get out of my toxic workplace. I didn’t fit there. I’m too free flowing and my favorite part of being there was the coffee shop inside the office (two actually) and free fitness classes in the gym. Otherwise I literally cried at least 5 times a week in my car in the parking ramp because I was so miserable. So I dragged through to my maternity leave (after 6 years I could manage another few months to get to my paid 12 weeks) and then said goodbye. Though the financial aspects are still working themselves out as I’m currently in a part time job and planning my own business, I’m still a million times happier and less stressed. I’m not fit for that kind of environment, and no amount of money motivation would ever make me happy there.

    • Rica Lewis
      December 21, 2015

      A big fat YES! for getting out of that place. Keep listening you your soul, Kiara, and know that you don’t have to have a road map. Just get on the path. I swear it’s what I do everyday. The universe continues to provide what I need, as I need it. So glad you popped in here, fellow yogi. I’ll be visiting your site now…

  • Lee Gaitan
    February 13, 2016

    Yes! Sometimes we have to tough things out for a while or put some of our bigger dreams on the back burner, but too often we leave them there so long they evaporate. It is so scary to take a stand for yourself, your sanity, your soul, but ultimately it is life-saving. Iliked your line about a potholed path–it’s still a path that gets you there in the end. 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      February 13, 2016

      So true, Lee! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Ludwig
    February 15, 2016

    You’ve defined quitter incorrectly…what you’re talking about is being your own agent for change! Be proactive, not inactive!

    • Rica Lewis
      February 15, 2016

      I see your point, Ludwig. I spent many years not really seeing the difference and really believing that quitting was giving up. Know what I mean?

  • Christie
    April 5, 2016

    You’ve hit the nail on the head! “Quitting” isn’t necessarily giving up. I 100% agree that sometimes it’s better to “quit”. Case and point with ‘If shit isn’t working’. If it’s still not right despite your efforts, I don’t see why you’d carry on.. Unless you’re a masochist.. Each to their own haha.

    Chistie’s Take on Life. x

    • Rica Lewis
      April 5, 2016

      Ha ha, Christie! Good point. Thanks for commenting.

  • Amy Jones
    April 5, 2016

    Quitting for me has given me LOTs of knowledge, i often switch between jobs, just to learn new things, maybe someday after i find my true passion ill stop quitting!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 6, 2016

      That’s cool, Amy. There’s nothing wrong with finding your way and exploring things. Have fun!

  • Liv
    April 21, 2016

    I love this. I absolutely believe if something isn’t working for you, that you need to let it go. Great post.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 21, 2016

      Yes! It took me a while to grasp that! Thanks for reading, Liv.

  • Julie
    June 17, 2016

    I love this post so much! I’ve stuck with too many things that made me miserable because I didn’t want to be a quitter. There’s something freeing when you let go of them.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 17, 2016

      There is such a freedom in letting go, Julie! Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading!

  • Lindsay
    June 17, 2016

    Abs0-freaking-lutely, Rica. I love how you phrased it: nurturing our passion.

    Best wishes on your journey; I hope that it is everything you have dreamed about, and more.

    Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for sharing, Rica.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 17, 2016

      Thanks so much, Lindsay! I wish you a fabulous weekend as well! 🙂

  • Carol Cassara
    June 18, 2016

    Boy, ain’t it the truth. It’s funny how things become habit or we feel obligated, but really, they no longer have a payoff for us. If ever they did.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 18, 2016

      Yes! Thanks for reading, Carol. Have a fabulous weekend.

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