In a world that champions persistence, let’s instead look at the transformative power of letting go, releasing what no longer serves us so that we can create space for magic to unfold.
In our quest for success and happiness, we often find ourselves entangled in pursuits that no longer align with our values and our vision. Society tells us to push harder, to never give up, and to stay the course, regardless of the toll it takes on our well-being. But what if we challenged this narrative? What if we redefined the meaning of quitting?
Quitting, when done with intention, becomes a part of self-discovery. By releasing ourselves from the grip of what no longer serves us, we create space for fresh opportunities, newfound passions, and untapped Universal magic to enter.
If just reading this stirs a curiosity deep inside, and you are drawn to welcoming more ease and flow into your life during the latter half of 2023, then here are 9 things you should quit right now for a happier life.
Quit Negative Self-Talk
We all have that voice inside our heads that tells us we’re not good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough. It’s time to silence that voice and replace it with positive affirmations. For example, instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” replace it with, “I am capable and confident”. Speak to yourself as if you would your best friend. When you hear that negative self-talk becoming louder, create a pattern interrupt by consciously saying NO. You can then consciously drown out that talk with something more serving. Soon, the positive pathway will override the negative one. We are retraining the brain.
Quit Comparing Yourself To Others
Social media has made it easier than ever to compare ourselves to others. We see pictures of our friends’ perfect lives (or worse, complete strangers) and feel like we’re not measuring up. But the truth is, social media is not real life. It’s a cliche to say, but it isn’t fair to compare your life to someone else’s filtered highlight reel. Instead, focus on your own journey and appreciate the progress you’re making. Embrace your own superpowers. Lean into what makes you unique. Create a life that you love regardless of whether you can showcase it on social media.
Quit Negative Relationships
Life is too short to spend time with people who bring you down. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who inspire you and lift you up. If someone is an energy vampire, leaves you feeling constantly depleted when you’ve spent time together, or makes you feel bad about your life in any way, then now is the time to reconsider what they bring to your life. This isn’t saying you need to let go of friends that are experiencing a challenging season, but self-awareness is essential here. Think about whether this truly is just a tough season, or whether your energies no longer align with one another.
Perfectionism is a trap that keeps us from reaching our full potential. We become so focused on doing things perfectly that we forget that it’s okay to make mistakes. Embrace the imperfections in your life and learn from them. It’s through our mistakes that we grow and become better.
Clutter in our homes and in our minds can cause stress and anxiety. Take the time to declutter your space and simplify your life. Get rid of things you no longer need or use and create a peaceful, organized environment. This will help you feel more calm and in control, and also create an energetic space for newness to come into your life. Once you start to make more space, whether it be removing toxic people, unhealthy habits, or even decluttering finances, the Universe won’t have to fight through unnecessary blocks anymore to deliver your desires.
Trying to please everyone is an impossible task that can lead to stress and burnout. Instead, focus on pleasing yourself and doing what makes you happy. Set boundaries and learn to say no when necessary – this is your reminder that it is safe to say no. And if people in your life are unable to understand, or at least respect, those boundaries, then maybe it’s time to quit them too.
Fear can hold us back from pursuing so many of our dreams and ultimately living our best lives. The first thing to do is identify your fears and challenge them. They say FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Understand and acknowledge whether there is a real threat there and how you can move through “the worst case scenario” towards your goals, celebrating your successes along the way.
Quit Neglecting Self-Care
Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. And that’s not just bath bombs and reading. We can’t be our best selves if we’re not taking care of our physical and emotional needs. Make time for exercise, meditation, healthy eating, and sleep. Practice self-compassion and give yourself permission to rest and recharge. Remember, self-care isn’t something that needs to be earned.
Excuses are the easy way out. They provide temporary relief by shifting blame or responsibility onto external factors or circumstances. However, excuses ultimately hinder personal growth and impede progress toward achieving our goals. Quitting the habit of making excuses helps us to take ownership of our actions and decisions, leading to a more empowered and fulfilling life.
The only question left to ask is, what are you quitting during the latter half of 2023?