Give it up.

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.” –Buddha

I hope everyone really paid attention to the rules on giving up I posted yesterday. Study them and live by them! And when you’ve mastered them… move on to these 25. :]

  1. Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving!  Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program like the P90X workout.
  2. Give up junk food. – You are what you eat.  Read The 4-Hour Body.
  3. Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.
  4. Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.  Don’t smoke.  Etc.
  5. Give up relationships with people who bring you down. – Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities.  Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
  6. Give up being shy. – Network with people.  Meet new people.  Ask questions.  Introduce yourself.
  7. Give up worrying about what others think of you. – Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way.  What they think and say about you isn’t important.  What is important is how you feel about yourself.
  8. Give up trying to control everything. – Life is an unpredictable phenomenon.  No matter how good or bad things seem right now, we can never be 100% certain what will happen next.  So do you best with what’s in front of you and leave the rest to the powers above you.
  9. Give up doing the same thing over and over again. – In order to grow, you must expand your horizons and break free of your comfort zone.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
  10. Give up following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t find the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  11. Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.
  12. Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
  13. Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities. – It’s okay to be alone.  It’s okay to do nothing sometimes.  Think.  Relax. Breathe.  Be.
  14. Give up making emotional decisions. – Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence.  Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.
  15. Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it. – Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it.  Think bigger.  Keep the end in mind.  Do what you know in your heart is right.
  16. Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  17. Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway.  So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
  18. Give up spending your life working in a career field you’re not passionate about. – Life is too short for such nonsense.  The right career choice is based on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing.  So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop.  You’re on to something big.  Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions.  Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
  19. Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have.  Many people aren’t so lucky.
  20. Give up doubting others. – People who are determined do remarkable things.  Remember, the one who says it can’t be done should never interrupt the one doing it.
  21. Give up fussing with every beauty product on the market. – Good looks attracts the eyes.  Personality attracts the heart.  Be proud to be you.  That’s when you’re beautiful.
  22. Give up trying to fit in. – Don’t mold yourself into someone you’re not.  Be yourself.  Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
  23. Give up trying to be different for the sake of being different. – Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity is conformity.  When people try too hard to be different, they usually end up being just like everyone else who is trying to be different.  Once again, be yourself.
  24. Give up trying to avoid risk. – There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’  Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
  25. Give up putting your own needs on the back burner. – Yes, help others, but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now

Now… I know some of these are not as easy as this person wants to make them out to be. Give up junkfood? Who do you think you are!? But hey, they’re at least worth a shot right? Pick one and perfect it. Then move on to the next one. The one I’m going to start with is #25 from yesterday, give up drama. There are only a few hours til the weekend, start then! And report back on Monday. :] Next week I’m going to have an awesome DIY post for all you crafty ladies out there. So have a wonderful weekend! Until next time. xo

3 Replies to “Give it up.”

  1. I must admit, before reading your list I had just eaten a few tortilla chips and then instantly regretted it after reading the list LOL. This has some really great ideas!

    xo
    – sab

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