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“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Monday, September 20, 2010

I Quit! Excerpts from "Winners Always Quit"

I love these messages of how to be a good quitter, from "Winners Always Quit" by Lee J. Colan and David Cottrell.

Sometimes, in order to do the right thing, you have to quit doing the wrong thing:

Quit Taking a Ride . . . and Take the Wheel
"Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

- Be a driver, not a passenger. A Driver has the uncanny ability to deal successfully with the unexpected, the unusual, the extraordinary.
- Positively dealing with the unexpected by looking for solutions, not excuses, is the choice you need to make.

Quit Getting Comfortable . . . and Explore the Edge
"If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living."
- Gail Sheehy

Areas that are most significant to us, and where we have established our most comfortable and successful patterns, might hold the greatest danger when contemplating a change. Yet such areas are where the greatest potential benefits may lie, waiting to be discovered.

Quit Analyzing . . . and Follow Your Intuition
"The primary force is intuition. In that deep force, the last fact behind which analysis cannot go, all things find their origin." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To make good decisions quickly and intuitively, you need to:
- Avoid obsessing over details,
- Be in tune with your surroundings, and
- Keep a clear focus on your objective.

Quit Managing Your Time . . . and Manage Your Attention
"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention." - Greg Anderson

- Saying yes to one thing always means saying no to something else.
- Create laser-like clarity by saying no to low-priorities.
- Create a “stop doing” list.

Quit Showing Interest . . . and Commit
"The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

- Action converts interest into commitment.
- The antidote to worry is purposeful action.
- People naturally gravitate to those who are committed to achieving a goal.
- Life’s rewards go to those who let their actions rise above their excuses.

Quit Moving . . . and Be Still
"Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen — that stillness becomes a radiance." — Morgan Freeman

- You need to carve out your own mental space in today’s hyperactive world.
- Listening to your inner thoughts is a good way to find out what you’re thinking.
- Getting into your mental space regularly can tell you a lot about how others see you as well, which has a lot to do with whether you will achieve your goals.

Quit Striving for Success . . . and Seek Significance
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." — Albert Einstein

- Wise people know that true success, and life’s greatest satisfaction, lies in helping others. That is where significance is found.
- Look for ways to invest your 3 T’s — time, talent and treasure — in other people.
- Live in your sweet spot by answering: What am I absolutely passionate about? Which tasks am I really good at?


See also:
Sometimes Quitting is Good: Excerpts from "Winners Always Quit"

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