Why do I Quit?

Quitter Mentality
Is quitting a mentality?

For some people, quitting is no more than the simple action of stopping something. (I say “simple” in reference to the concept of stopping, not to say that quitting something is necessarily simple or easy).

However, for others, myself included, quitting has evolved beyond an action. The majority of my adult life has been plagued by my chronic quitting. Part of me tried to shrug it off. After all, wasn’t it just a side effect of my learning?

But another part of me wasn’t satisfied with that explanation. There had to be a reason why I kept quitting things, even when I really enjoyed it. The question was: Why do I quit? Continue reading “Why do I Quit?”

Ex-Quitting When Everything Hits the Fan

Chocolate cake… Sometimes it just gets everywhere.

You’re geared up, amped, and ready to quit quitting and start dreaming. You understand that your quitting instinct is still very strong, so you set up some Baby Steps to achieve first, to build momentum as you push forward and break away from chronic quitting. You’ve been working on your goal for a week, a fortnight, a month, two months, then it hits you. Out of nowhere life hands you a piece of chocolate cake – and swings a bat at your head from behind.
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Dazed and disoriented, you stare up at the sky through, head throbbing and face covered in chocolate. The last thing on your mind is that Baby Step you were working on. If you’re like me, you probably want to pour all of your energy into the surprise circumstance you’ve found yourself in. But as an ex-quitter, you can’t just give up on your Baby Steps. After all, if you return to your habit when things get tough, can you really say that you’ve quit quitting? Continue reading “Ex-Quitting When Everything Hits the Fan”

Learning Goal: Earn $1

One dollar
One dollar to an ex-quitter? Priceless if it means the difference between quitting and meeting goals.

Hey guys!

Here at eX-Quitter, one of the things that I want to do is share the things I’m learning about with you. I do this as much to share fun things as for accountability. So what’s new in my neck of the woods?

One of my eX-Quitter List goals is to earn $1,000 on the side for 3 months in a row. I’m a part-time student (cash-flowing grad school) and  a part-time employee at a few different places, so funds are pretty tight. So right now, I’ve set up a learning goal to earn $1 on the side. Now I know what you’re thinking. “One dollar? What good is that going to do?”

First, the point of a learning goal is to give me something to strive toward, an achievable end. Second, I’m not positive that this is something I should be doing long term, but going through the process of earning $1 will enable me to at least have put forth a decent effort. As for what I’ll actually do, I’ve tossed around a few ideas, but nothing seems to stick. (This might be because I was a quitter, but I like to think that it had more to do with misguided efforts.) Recently, a few different things have come onto my radar. Continue reading “Learning Goal: Earn $1”

A Brief Update and My Heart for eX-Quitter

Goals are both the nemesis and biggest aid for ex-quitters.
Goals are both the nemesis and biggest aid for ex-quitters.

A few days ago I wrote about the relationship between avid learning and chronic quitting, and I presented 3 options for continuing a life of avid learning while combating chronic quitting: 1) Maintaining all learning simultaneously, indefinitely, 2) focusing on learning within one larger category for designated periods of time, and 3) setting learning goals related to topics of interest. Continue reading “A Brief Update and My Heart for eX-Quitter”

The eX-Quitter’s Biggest Fear

Overcoming Barriers
“Businessman Facing a Wall” Photo from barewalls.com

I started writing a post called “Why eX-Quitter?” explaining what I want for this blog, but that’s going to have to wait. Yesterday, I ran into the single thing that I fear most for eX-Quitter, and this post is an active step taken to conquer that fear.

Think about it. What is the one thing that a new ex-quitter would fear more than anything else? Rabies. No, wait, that’s not it. The logical fear for an ex-quitter is that he’ll start quitting again. That’s my fear. I’ve started to pour myself into this blog (I know I’m only a few posts in, but I’ve got more in the queue. Just trying to pace myself.) and it’s completely centered around my journey to quit quitting. But I know myself. My natural tendency has become to chase something excitedly for a period of time, then start chasing something else. Or just stop chasing anything for a time. In other words: I quit.
Continue reading “The eX-Quitter’s Biggest Fear”