What If You Quit One Thing A Week?

J.R. Heimbigner


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For better or worse, people don’t like the idea of quitting. Even people who quit things when they get hard, make up reasoning or another title for quitting. And for the rest of us, we see quitting things as weak. At least I used to think that way. I believed quitting meant you were a loser.

How terrible? Quitting things can be such a gateway to freedom. In a culture where we need to say ‘yes’ to everything, it's time to say ‘no’ to things we are already doing.

I read a book by Bob Goff a while back, Love Does. Bob is an interesting guy. He is a lawyer turned Honorary Consular to Uganda, a New York Times Best-Selling Author, and a philanthropist. This guy sounds like he has a hard time saying ‘no.’

However, in his book, he describes how he quits something new every Thursday. Check out this tweet:

From Bob Goff’s Twitter

What a crazy thing? Do we even have enough things in our lives to quit something every week? That would be 52 things in a year. FIFTY-TWO quits!

Commit to Quit

Recently, I wrote a post about ten ways we can make 2018 better than 2017. Number nine in the post was to quit something every week. This point received a lot of responses and started some conversations on social media. I even shared with people at work how I am going to try and quit one thing a week all year.

They think I am crazy.

Why Quit Things?

You might be asking yourself this question. You might even think you don’t have that many things to quit. I would bet most of us do. We all have our little vices. Diet coke, cookies, candy bars, late-night Youtube. Facebook at work. Reading the news. Watching Keeping up with the Kardashians. There is always something to quit.

My thought to quitting things this year is simple: If I quit useless things, I can replace them with the best things.


1. Candy Bars

I like to eat candy bars. Not every day, however, when there is one available, I will likely eat it. What if I quit eating candy bars? Maybe I will eat an apple instead. Or maybe I won’t eat the extra calories.

Benefits: weight loss, fewer sugar spikes in my diet, healthier living.

2. Afternoon Coffee

I love coffee. In fact, I would drink coffee all day. Unfortunately, drinking coffee all day is probably not good for me. Out with the afternoon coffee, in with the afternoon ice water.

Benefits: better sleep at night, more water consumption, healthier living.

3. Surfing Social Media

Most of the time I am pretty good about this, however, when I get on the ‘Twitter-Train’ first thing in the morning, I lose track of time and end up late. What if I read during that time. Or wrote more. Maybe this would be better spent praying or meditating.

Benefits: do more of the things I want to be doing.

Look at that, three weeks done.

Final Thoughts

Writing all this down makes quitting things sound easy. But in all honesty, it can get pretty hard to quit things on a regular basis. After all, we are so used to adding things into our lives that cutting things out might make it seem like we will run out of things to quit.

Well, trust me, I have been doing this for a little while now, and every time I quit one thing, somehow I add in another.

Maybe, what we really need to do is quit all the things that don't add to our lives. If they aren't improving our lives, let's quit those things. Then, when it comes time to put things back into our lives, we can start focusing on positive things that can build into us for the better.

So, start quitting something today. Then, you can add something positive later.

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My goal with my writing is to help people get everything done they want in their very busy lives. I believe we can we all can achieve our dreams and I know it starts with having the right mindset, systems, and taking action every single day. My writing shares how to do this through self-improvement, inspiration, and productivity.

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