Welcome to Fashionably LATE with Danne Reed.
It's good to be a Quitter!
I know, crazy thing to say, right?
We have been raised with the phrase "winners never quit and quitters never win". The idea that it's good to be a quitter goes against everything that we've been taught to believe, everything that we grew up knowing about success.
In an earlier podcast episode, I shared how these types of cliches can have a double edge to them, and I'm going to prove to you how this one is no exception.
I will bet money that there are things in your life right now that you need to quit.
- Did you say yes to something once upon a time and now wish you could extract yourself from the obligation?
- Do you have habits or routines that once started out as helpful, but now you're just going through the motions?
- Do you have brand loyalties that are simply there because it's what you've always done or what you've always used, and you just haven't thought about updating them?
- Do you have internal labels for yourself that you've just told yourself that that's how you are, but deep down, you know that there's a better way? Labels like -- you're clumsy or you're forgetful, or you're bad with money or you're unorganized, or you're lacking in creativity?
- And here's a doozy -- Is your work sucking the life out of you, but you're afraid to lose the comfort of the known?
- Here's another doozy -- Do you have friendships that are sucking the life out of you, but you're just avoiding the drama of changing the way you interact with them?
Sometimes it's good to be a quitter!
Consider: what do you need to quit?
- Do you need to quit saying yes to things that you feel obligated to do rather than saving your precious time for things that excite you?
- Do you need to quit some habits or routines that no longer serve the person that you want to become?
- Do you need to quit some old product brands and find some new ones that speak to the woman you've become?
- Do you need to quit labeling yourself as clumsy or forgetful or financially illiterate or unorganized?
- Do you need to begin exploring other employment options or even start thinking about launching that business that will someday allow you to quit that day job that's sucking the life out of you?
- Do you need to quit spending so much time with that person who does nothing but complain when you're together?
Here's a simple, but practical tip to help get you in the quitting mood:
1. Go to your closet and pick out one thing that no longer makes you feel great when you wear it.
2. Taking a tip from Marie Kondo, say a little thank you for how it served you in the past...
3. ...but add "I'm quitting you! From now on, I am only wearing clothes that I feel great in!" And then get rid of it. Donate it, sell it, give it to a friend or throw it out.
4. For extra credit and even better results, do this every day for a week or even a month!
5. For extra, extra credit -- for every 7 items that you quit (or eliminate), buy yourself 1 thing that does represent the woman that you've become.
Whether it's thought patterns or clothing items, or products or relationships -- become intentional about what you need to quit in order to make room for the things, the people, the thoughts that better serve the gal you're becoming!
See you in the next episode!