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How Quitting Would Actually Help You Make Progress

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How Quitting Would Actually Help You Make Progress

“Winners never quit, quitters never win.” Growing up, we are taught to be persistent; society tells us the path to success is to persevere, quitting is never an option. In reality, quitting happens more often than we think. Sometimes, it could even be a beneficial move. Before diving into the positives, let’s define what quitting really means.

Quitting simply means leaving or getting rid of something. Unfortunately, our norms greatly contribute to the negative connotation of this word. Believe it or not, quitting actually helps a person to make progress and positive changes in life.

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We all have been there, we hated something so much and could not take it anymore. Would you quit to make yourself happier or carry on because you thought this is the best path to success? If you don’t love what you are doing, or you have already lost your passion, quit it. There are a lot of hidden gems out there, invest your time and interest in something else, maybe you will find a stepping stone to lead you somewhere else.

Sometimes, by quitting, we seize the moment.

Opportunities come and go. When we see something that interests us, telling ourselves to go for it is rarely the first response. We tend to look at the constraints and convince ourselves not to quit what we are currently doing. But why not take a leap of faith and allow yourself to make a breakthrough in life?

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By quitting, we make changes.

Quitting is not only about leaving a place because of getting out of interest, it is also about getting rid of things that are hindering our lives. For example, everyone has bad habits and everyone has their own limits, it is necessary to quit the things that are not good for our future self. With all the desperation and desire, if we do not take actions to quit, we are not making any progress.

By quitting, we open up more opportunities.

Everyday, we are presented by an infinite amount of opportunities. Opportunities to quit what we are pursuing, opportunities to quit our bad habits, opportunities to quit things that do not make us happy…Not denying that persevering is not a viable option, but sometimes, knowing when to quit could open up all whole new world of chances.

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We might be afraid to quit, fearing the regret of missing out on the possible success. But if you want to make progress, take the first step and quit something that obstructs you from moving forward.

Featured photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

How to Use Travel Time Effectively

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How to Use Travel Time Effectively

Most of us associate travel and time with what we’re going to do one we get to our destination. Planning and mapping out what to do once you arrive can certainly make for a more pleasurable vacation, but there are things you can do while you are on your way that can make it even better.

Sure, you can plan for the things you’re going to do on your vacation while you are travelling en route – but what about making use of that time for other things that you don’t usually do when you’re at home? You don’t need to have your gadgets with you to do it, and you can really connect with yourself if you take the time to manage your life while heading towards your vacation destination.

Here are some great tips to help you with your time management while you travel, some of which are more conventional than others. Nonetheless, you can find out what works best for you and apply them accordingly depending on when and how you are travelling.

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1. Take Your Time Getting There

As I write this, I’m on a flight to San Francisco. Flying is the fastest way to get from place to place, and for many people it’s really the only way to travel.

But I’ve often taken the train or ferry on trips so that I have extra time without distraction to get more done. I’m not worrying about navigation or lack of space to do what I want to do. Instead I’m able to focus on getting stuff done during the time I’ve got without feeling rushed. For example, when I took the train from Vancouver to Portland, it was an eight hour trip and I managed to get a ton of writing done and closed a lot of open loops. It also was less expensive than flying, which was a bonus.

Sometimes taking the long way to get somewhere on vacation can be the best thing for you to get somewhere with your life.

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2. Go Gadget-Free

This is going to be a tough one for a lot of you. But why do you need to bring your gadgets with you when you go on vacation? It isn’t be a bad idea to leave all but one of them behind, and only pull out that one when you absolutely need to do so. In some countries, you’d be wise to be discreet with them anyway since flaunting them in front of those that are less fortunate than you isn’t a good practice. While it may not seem like flaunting to you, in different cultures it can definitely come across that way.

If you can’t go gadget-free, then at least go Internet-free. If you use a task management app that requires syncing across your multiple devices to be effective, remember that if you only have the one device with you then it can be the “master device” for the time being and will store your data locally anyway. Just sync up when you get home.

3. Reflect and Prepare

Finally, going on any sort of excursion gives you the perfect opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been. The fact you have removed yourself from where you usually are can give you a perspective that you simply can’t get when you’re at home. You may want to journal your thoughts during this time – and by taking more time to get to your destination you’ll have more time to dig deeper into it.

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After a period of reflection – however long that happens to be – you can then begin to not only prepare for the rest of your travels, you can prepare for the rest of what happens afterward. The reflection period is important, though. You need to really know where you’ve been in order to properly look at where you want to be. Time away from things gives you that chance.

Conclusion

Traveling isn’t always about where you’re going and how quickly you can get there. In fact, it’s rarely about that at all.

More often it’s where you’re at in your head that will dictate how much you benefit from traveling. So don’t just go somewhere fast. Instead, take your time on the way there and take the time to connect with not only where you are but who are while you’re there.

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If you do that, you’ll have a better chance to be who you want to be when you leave.

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