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Since I made the decision to take control of my own health in 2009 my life has changed beyond measure. I’ve gone from being obese, sedentary, sick, tired and depressed to living a vibrant, energetic life where I am free of medication and I am completing physical challenges I would’ve once considered impossible. This ongoing journey has taught me many lessons, not just about what to do to build a happier and healthier life, but also about what to QUIT DOING. Here are 7 of the key things I would advise everyone to quit right now.

#1 – Quit making excuses

It is easy to find reasons not to do something. We can all come up with a multitude of stories about why we are destined to fail, why it won’t work for us and why we are so unlucky in life. When I was digging my grave with my fork I had hundreds of examples about why I couldn’t loose weight, why I didn’t do physical activity, why nothing was working for me. Guess what? All of these reasons, or stories were just excuses to avoid taking action. It is easy to understand why we all make excuses – it is easier than dealing with the issue we are trying to avoid. But excuses don’t get results, ACTIONS do.

#2 – Quit trying to be perfect

Perfection is a myth. It doesn’t exist. Oddly enough, if you constantly measure yourself against something that is unachievable you will never succeed and I strongly believe that recognising and celebrating our successes is ESSENTIAL to sustained results. Forget perfection – just try to be better than you used to be and accept the mistakes you make. They often provide the best lessons.

#3 – Quit trying to be like somebody else

You are unique and that is something to be proud of. We all have people we look up to and it can be good to learn from those you respect, but don’t ever try to be that person. They already exist and the world doesn’t need two of them. It needs one of each and every one of us, in our own exclusive way. When you try to be someone else you lose some of your integrity, some of your spirit and you strive for an impossible goal. You will never be someone else, you are you and always will be. You have the ability to make your life OUTSTANDING, but to do that you must be true to yourself and be prepared to stand out.

#4 – Quit being ungrateful

Regardless of how bad life can sometimes appear, there is always something to be grateful for. Gratitude is one of the keys to happiness. If you can find just 3 to 5 things to be grateful for each day you will rapidly discover just how many reasons you have to be happy. If we want a positive life, we must focus on the positives in our life.

#5 – Quit living in the past

Just because it rained yesterday it does not mean it will rain tomorrow. A week of blue skies does not guarantee blue skies in the future either. Put another way, your past does NOT equal your future. You have to let go of the past to really appreciate the present and design your future.. Every day of our lives is an opportunity to start living the life we desire. When we judge our lives on our past experiences we limit often limit our futures. The past is gone, enjoy the now.

#6 – Quit waiting for things to happen

When I was about 12 years old I heard a line on a TV show that has stuck with me ever since. It said, “the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”. When we wait for things to happen we can spend a lifetime waiting. Instead of waiting for things to happen to you, get working and MAKE things happen for you.

#7 – Quit blaming others

Blaming others doesn’t serve anyone. It often leads to feelings of resentment, anger and hatred and ultimately this hurts us the most. I’ve read many times that “resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” When we hold negative energy and keep replaying the things that hurt us in our minds, they keep hurting us. Don’t live your life with hate, resentment or anger in your heart. Let go, accept and move on. Only when we accept do we regain the control that can lead us forward.

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