In a world that values perseverance, consider the transforming potential of letting go, of releasing what no longer serves us in order to make room for magic to bloom. In our pursuit of success and happiness, we frequently become involved in activities that no longer correspond with our beliefs and vision. Society urges us to push harder, to never give up, and to stick with it no matter what the cost is to our health. But what if we questioned this story? What if we changed the definition of quitting?
When done with intention, quitting becomes a component of self-discovery. By letting go of what no longer serves us, we make room for new chances, newfound passions, and untapped Universal magic to enter. If merely reading this piques your interest, and you want to welcome more ease and flow into your life in the second half of 2023, here are 9 things you should give up right now for a happier existence.
Stop Making Comparisons to Others.
It is now easier than ever to compare ourselves to others because to social media. We view photographs of our friends’ ideal lives (or, worse, total strangers) and feel inadequate. However, social media is not a substitute for real life. It’s a cliche, but comparing your life to someone else’s filtered highlight reel isn’t fair. Instead, concentrate on your own journey and celebrate your accomplishments. Accept your own superpowers. Focus on what makes you distinct. Make a life you enjoy, regardless of whether you can show it off on social media.
Break Up With Negative People
Life is too short to spend it with people who depress you. Surround yourself with good, encouraging people who will inspire and boost you up. If someone drains your energy, leaves you feeling depleted after spending time with them, or makes you feel horrible about your life in any manner, it’s time to rethink what they add to your life. This isn’t to mean you should abandon friends who are going through a difficult time, but self-awareness is crucial in this situation. Consider whether this is simply a difficult season or whether your energies are no longer in sync.
Stop Negative Self-Talk.
We’ve all got that inner voice that tells us we’re not good enough, clever enough, or pretty enough. It’s time to silence that voice and replace it with affirmations of hope. For instance, instead of stating, “I can’t do this,” say, “I am capable and confident.” Speak to yourself as if you were speaking to your best friend. When you see your negative self-talk increasing in volume, establish a pattern disruption by intentionally shouting NO. You can then deliberately shut out the conversation with something more beneficial. Soon, the positive route will triumph over the negative. The brain is being retrained.
Stop striving for perfection.
Perfectionism is a stumbling block that prevents us from reaching our greatest potential. We get so caught up in doing things perfectly that we forget it’s alright to make mistakes. Accept and learn from your life’s faults. We learn and improve as a result of our mistakes.
Stop pleasing others.
It is impossible to please everyone, which can lead to stress and burnout. Instead, concentrate on pleasing yourself and doing things that make you happy. Set boundaries and learn to say no when required — this is your reminder that saying no is safe. And if the people in your life are unable to grasp, or at least accept your boundaries, it may be time for you to quit as well.
Stop Being Afraid
Fear can prevent us from achieving many of our goals and, ultimately, living our best lives. The first step is to identify and confront your concerns. FEAR is said to stand for False Evidence Appearing Real. Understand and acknowledge whether or not there is a genuine threat, and how you can proceed through “the worst case scenario” toward your goals while celebrating your victories along the way.
Clutter in our homes and minds can contribute to tension and worry. Make the effort to clear your surroundings and simplify your life. Get rid of whatever you don’t need or use, and create a calm, organized environment. This will make you feel more calm and in control, as well as create an energetic space for new things to enter your life. When you begin to make more space, whether by removing poisonous individuals and harmful habits or even clearing your finances, the Universe will no longer have to overcome superfluous obstacles in order to deliver your objectives.
Stop Making Excuses
Excuses are a convenient way out. They provide momentary respite by transferring blame or responsibility to outside forces or circumstances. Excuses, on the other hand, eventually inhibit personal growth and progress toward our goals. Making excuses lessens our ability to take responsibility for our actions and decisions, resulting in a more powerful and fulfilled existence.
Stop putting yourself last.
Self-care is not selfish; it is essential. And it’s not just bath bombs and books. We cannot be our best selves until we attend to our bodily and emotional needs. Make time for physical activity, meditation, healthy nutrition, and rest. Allow yourself to rest and rejuvenate by practicing self-compassion. Remember that self-care does not have to be earned.