One of the biggest misconceptions about winners is that they never quit.
The truth is: Winners quit all the time. It’s one of their biggest secrets to success.
A few months ago, I was drowning in responsibilities. Terry and I own several rental properties, because we bought houses at the wrong time and it’s financially better to rent them instead of sell. Washing machines and dishwashers were breaking, roofs were leaking, and tenants were moving in and out.
Great Escape Publishing, the other big half of my life, was thriving. But we were running more events and developing more programs than ever before, and that was coming with new and bigger challenges.
New freelancers to work with, new writers to prep, new experts to find, new software to learn and run each system, new customer service questions, new plans, new budgets.
On top of all this, I have family commitments. Both of my kids have allergies which means inhalers, epi pens, and Benadryl every time we leave the house. Doctors’ appointments are monthly. Meal planning is strategic (we can never eat out in a restaurant or order a pizza if I’m too tired to cook). And a few months ago, because they were in two different schools, it also meant two chorus concerts, two end-of year school activities, two teacher gifts, two separate PTA meetings, etc.
My house was a mess. My office was even messier. Our mail was stacked higher than most lamps, and my pile of unread magazines was even higher.
Both cars needed oil changes and safety inspections. One had a broken tail-light, and I’m pretty sure it still needs new tires. Both kids needed summer clothes (despite my best efforts to keep them young, they keep growing). Both kids were invited to birthday parties for which I had no gifts. Both wanted to attend camps that require extra paperwork and epi pens because of their allergies. And I mistakenly joined a gym and a book club on top of a mom’s group I belong to all in the same month.
These were all the things I eventually made my way through. But here’s what didn’t get done: our taxes (I think we still have two more weeks); haircuts (we all need one); I have a pile of stuff I want to sell on eBay or Craigslist that I just can’t seem to get up there; any kind of yard work outside of simple grass cutting; any kind of clothes shopping for myself (I’d kill for a day alone at the mall); and I’m sure there was more.
I also have sketches for luggage I want to create, tons of blog posts written for a new blog I haven’t started, lots of photos to process from end-of year festivities at the school and also from my last trip to Africa. There’s a family trip I want to plan… my daughter’s birthday is coming up… and more. And all these things are sitting on a back burner.
I’m sure I’m not alone. I’m sure if you’re reading this far, your list is pretty similar only different, right?
And I’m sure you’ve got the same advice for me that I’ve got for you today…
You have to cut it out!
Something’s gotta give because you just can’t follow your dreams this way.
Winners give up a lot to follow their dreams.
Some give up money. They hire someone to cut the grass, clean the house, fix the dishwasher, and manage their tenants. They hire errands done and food cooked and clothes washed, too.
Others quit their book clubs, they skip their hair appointments, they give up their nightly TV programs (and definitely the news!), and they ask friends and family to help with shopping, errands, kid toting, and meal planning. They limit their Facebook time and cut Candy Crush and Solitaire out completely.
Successful people take stock of their options, and they prioritize their chores and goals. They quit whatever’s necessary to make good things happen. And they don’t let their dreams take a back seat. The back seat is where they put all this other stuff.
So what’s on your list today? What can you quit to make your day a little brighter, a little more fun, a step in the right direction toward your goals?
What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? Is there something you can change to move your goals up to that “first things first” spot?
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