I Quit

I Quit

            Quitters never win and winners never quit.

            Malarkey.

            History is replete with quitters who won.  Abraham Lincoln quit slavery. The Suffragettes quit second class citizenship. Rosa Parks quit disrespectful practice. Participants in the #MeToo movement quit accepting sexual harassment.

            Business consultants paraphrase Peter Drucker and ask organizations: What do you need to stop (quit) doing, what do you need to start doing, and what do you need to continue doing?  Planned abandonment is part of effective organizational development. Joel Barker, a futurist, says, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Other consultants advise, “The skills you developed to get you here are not the skills needed to get you there. In other words, successful people must systematically assess what habits one must quit in order to develop more effective habits for moving forward.

            In my lifetime I’ve quit biting my fingernails, quit unhealthy relationships, quit toxic workplaces. All were good decisions. From time to time I’ve quit fried food, red meat and sugar. Not all quitting is good, of course.  At one time or another, I’ve quit exercising, quit going to church, and even quit praying.

            We use many phrases in a sloppy manner. Everything happens for a reason; also malarkey.  Tell that to a mother who lost her son to suicide. Pay attention to your words.  Word manifests as deed, deed develops into habit, habit hardens into character, says The Buddha. So mind your words. They define you.

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