Quitters Quit Because They Don’t Schedule Cheat Days

“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.”

-Seth Godin, Dip

I believe that if you never let go of some things, never let yourself go out of the way, have a planned rest, or just take a lazy day, you soon quit the task you are working on completely. At least, that’s my experience.

I discovered that cheat days are essential to creating balance in my life.

“I want you to be weak. As weak as I am.”

– Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I deliberately cheat my healthy diet some days. I skip my fitness routine one day or two. Sometimes I don’t get dressed well on purpose.

Why? Because cheat days rescue me from identities, I believe I must conform forever.

I’m not “that healthy woman” when I cheat my diet. I’m “a regular woman with mostly healthy choices.” Knowing this tiny distinction is freedom.

“Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.”

― Seth Godin, The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit

People say quitting their jobs feel like ‘breathing.’

Those are the ones who usually run the marathon with an outstanding, superhuman performance.

When you are all about your work, you’re silently rehearsing your ‘No work at all!’ scream for your soul bankruptcy.

The point here is to allow yourself breaks, before all you can do is to allow.

One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.”

― Oprah Winfrey

Don’t allow yourself to take a nap because your headache is killing you.

Don’t allow yourself a lonely vacation just because you feel like it’s your last chance to save your relationship.

Do it beforehand, plan about it.

Plan cheat days, especially about things you are too serious about.

Discipline is rewarding. However, cheat days make you stronger to “keep going,” which is the only measure of success in the long run.

Consistency is not doing one thing flawlessly for an extended period.

It’s to do something consistently without losing your health, soul, or desire till the end of the road.

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