Why I Quit!

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I’ve quit lots of things in the past.  I quit college twice.  I quit exercising regularly last summer, and I can tell now.  I quit drinking mountain dew every Monday and then I quit quitting mountain dew every Wednesday.  I’ve quit blogging twice as well.  Did you know I have a youtube channel?  I’ve quit that too.  My point is that I’ve quit a lot of things.

Although I’m pretty successful (by my own definition, of course), I have quit all those things above, and more, and therefor I am a quitter!  Umm, I’m not terribly depressed about the things I’ve quit and honestly  I can appreciate the lessons learned from quitting as well as where I am now because of it.   More specifically, I can better understand why I’ve quit and how to prevent it in the future.

  1. You’re in over your head.

Not in a bad way, or maybe.  More like you’ve decided to do something before even having a plan, or any information, or facts or anything.  For example,  those two other blogs I’ve had, I read other blogs, desired their lifestyle of what I thought was just writing about my feelings and taking some pictures.  So I started.  I failed.  I was misinformed and in over my head so I quit.

2.  No Instant results or gratification.

Often times when there are no instant results or gratification, motivation is lost.  After a continuous lack of motivation the result is usually quitting. I worked out regularly to lose weight but when the weight wasn’t coming off fast enough I quit.  With blogging, I read these high dollar income reports that I desire, NOW and I want to quit because it is not happening.  This was the reason, in my opinion, behind quitting college twice as well.  The end result seemed so far away and more difficult than I imagined.  Which leads me to the next reason below.

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3.  It’s too hard.

Most times when we have a “big idea” or embark on a new journey, we (or I) get so excited about the results and often never think about how hard it will be or how much work it will require.  Usually once that first set back is experienced that knocks us off our feet, we quit.  On the other hand, however, sometimes it’s the reality of how difficult it could be that prevents us from even starting at all.  In either situation the end result can still be considered quitting.

4.  Not fully committed.

There are many reasons that can affect your level of commitment to a new project or journey.  Family, life, work responsibilities are just a few.  When I initially began GDTH, my work responsibility and home responsibilities were different.  At that time I was able to blog at least three times per week, however since then things have drastically changed.  We have a new pet, I’ve switched supervisors at work, and the mister works longer hours which as all affected my level of commitment to GDTH. My decreased level of committment is affecting my earning potential and the growth of GDTH which has resulted in me considering quitting GDTH.

5.  Overwhelmed by the work or time

Feeling overwhelmed at some point is unavoidable.  The pressure that comes from being overwhelmed all the time, for me, is suffocating and usually the point that I want to quit or do quit.  In 2012, I nearly quit my last semester of graduate school because of how overwhelmed I was by ongoing revision recommendations of a 20 plus page paper that was required to pass the class.  In my case, pressure really does burst my pipes.

6.  No definition of success or lack of measurements.

It’s important to determine what “being successful” looks like to you and measure your outcomes throughout.  Within the blogging world, particularly, I feel like bloggers quit because they feel unsuccessful based on comparisons to other bloggers.  This was also the reason I quit blogging twice before and sometimes consider it now.

Any or all of the above reasons may have been why you have quit, which I think is perfectly fine especially if you’ve learned from it.  Just about all the above reasons have been my reasons for quitting something at one point or another.  In every quitting situation, I discovered something about myself which has prevented me from quitting now and helped me make better decisions.

What have you quit and why?

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Author: lovetteorleavette@yahoo.com

I'm a mother to five children, wife, full time worker and now blogger! I would like share my family's journey to financial freedom, life living, and eternal happiness...just one goal at a time!

8 thoughts on “Why I Quit!”

  1. I’ve quit a lot of things so I could totally relate to all of this. I hope you keep blogging though. I find you so relatable in the way some of the other PF bloggers aren’t. A lot of top bloggers have told me it took them anywhere from 14 months to up to five years to “make it.”

    It seems that part of the road to success is to not quit. It’s just painful and lonely at times because when you decide to go out for certain goals it’s really a journey of one even though you may have people supporting you. The journey is still yours and yours alone.

    BTW, What happened to your college plans? Did you ever go back?
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    1. Hello Jaime!
      I agree that one of the greatest attributes of success is to not quit. Actually with school, I did eventually go back full time with two small children and pregnant with my third and finished in 3 semesters. Following graduation from undergrad, I worked a year and then went part time to graduate school.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I think you made a very good point about what happens when you compare yourself to other bloggers, so please don’t!!! I have been blogging for almost 4 years now and I still don’t get thousands of views a day like some people who have been blogging for shorter amounts of time, or make the money that they do, but there is so much going on behind the scenes. I don’t want to write posts that are “5 ways to….” I’m proud of what I built and don’t care what someone else has done. My favorite saying is, “keep your side of the street clean.” You’ll find you’re way. And hey that might mean not blogging, or it might mean cutting back, or you might want to go full force, but do it because it’s your decision. Not what someone else did.
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  3. Haha, I love the quit quitting Mountain Dew. Tim’s getting a little too used to drinking it again. We’re about to have to have a conversation. Getting him off the stuff the first time was hell.

    I’ve quit crocheting/knitting multiple times. (In my defense, usually with good reason. Even my scarves are horribly uneven, stitch-count-wise.) I’ve quit… I dunno, tons of things. I guess I quit counting?
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  4. When I first read the headline of your post, I thought, “Oh no is she quitting her blog?” I’m glad to see you are not!

    I’ve quit many things that I start some are good. I quit Facebook, Twitter several times. I quit chocolate (which I still do not eat, it’s been 15 years). I also quit caffeine (also 15 years). I even pondered quitting my blog recently, but then I decided I didn’t want to give up, so now I’m writing a lot more and really enjoying it. I’m glad I didn’t quit that. I’m getting more personal on my blog too.
    Thanks for the post.
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  5. I’m so fascinated by this. I didn’t know what “quitting” was until I hid my mid 20’s. Honestly, I was always a yes person, total overachiever and did everything. I finally quit a job I hated and I had such guilt!! It was a new feeling for me to quit something and one of the first times I had ever worried about myself first. Since then, I have definitely quit a few things I wasn’t comfortable with and try to avoid having to make that decision in the first place nowadays. Love this post!
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