Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Becoming a better quitter


Ever since I discovered Podcasts in the iTunes store I've been hooked. Especially to all things Freakonomics.

Their most current show was about a peculiar topic: The upside of Quitting.

It seems like an oxymoron, but apparently there is scientific evidence to back up the virtue of letting things go.

Listening to the hosts and professionals discuss the need to know when to cut our losses made me ponder the times I knew I needed to "quit" something, but couldn't bring myself to do it. Whether my pride was saying I'd look like an idiot, or peer pressure was telling I'd look like an idiot.

I can recall vividly ignoring my heart and charging ahead because of fear.

And I'm not sure whether it's age, wisdom, or a natural propensity to quit, but letting go has gotten easier and easier over the last few years. At least in the aspect dropping activities that no longer bring pleasure, knowledge, peace.

Basically the things I really want to do, like write, run, and spend time with my family are more and more important to me. Whereas proving myself to others is not so much anymore.

It's like over the course of this very year I've quit caring what random people may have to say. Especially people who don't know the real me.

Knowing that quiting can measurably increase my wealth, health, and happiness (according to the Freakanomics guest) is enough to take away any "Shame in my game."

I'm actually wondering if there is anything new I need to quit, like attitudes or harmful behaviours. Any habits that need replacing. But like all things worth keeping, those insights will manifest over time.

So in the meantime I'll quit typing and get back to my podcast :o)