August 20, 2023

Wanna Be Happier? Quit! The Art of Strategic Quitting

The Art Of “Strategic Quitting”

(Paraphrased from “Barking Up The Wrong Tree”, Eric Barker)

Wanna be happier? The art of strategic quitting
Whether you want to be a better cook, enjoy better finances or succeed at losing weight, there is an opportunity cost associated with it…You’re as successful at what you are willing to give up in order to achieve it.

Quit doesn’t have to be the opposite of ”grit”. This is where strategic quitting comes in.

Once you find something you’re passionate about, quitting secondary things can be an advantage, because it frees up time to do that number–one thing.

One study of Olympians quoted an athlete as saying, “Everything we do is opportunity versus cost. If I go out to a movie instead of going hiking as my leisure activity, what is the cost of that? How does it hurt or help my sport?”

Whenever you wish you had more time, more money, etc., strategic quitting is the answer. And if you’re very busy, this may be the only answer. We all quit some things but we often don’t make an explicit intentional decision to quit. 

We fear missing opportunities, but the irony is by not quitting unproductive things ASAP, we are missing the opportunity to do more of what matters or try more things that might.

Is your wellness the last thing on your infinite “to-do’ list? Time to put YOU back on top. Life is so much more rewarding when you feel healthy, sexier, more energized, and more youthful. Get off the soul-sucking “treadmill” of life. Put a little mojo in it and Come ALIVE with us!

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