Be a Quitter!

There’s a running joke I have with some girlfriends of mine that “we aren’t quitters!” This may sound like a good thing, but in our case, it means that we are go-getting, over-achieving, multi-tasking women who take on more and more responsibility without eliminating tasks that currently fill our daily schedules. In Body & Soul Fitness classes, we’re currently focusing on God’s unstoppable character – His love for us, His pursuit of us, and His power in us. Unless we own up to the fact that only God is unstoppable, and capable of all things, we’re going to overload ourselves into a checklist tailspin of fatigue, frustration and failure. So, how do we own up to the fact that only God is unstoppable? It may require that we become quitters! A revolutionary thought, I know, especially in this world that places so much emphasis on doing everything well, being constantly connected digitally, and then posting about all of it on social media. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

I believe the process of managing this struggle begins by assessing the tasks and responsibilities that currently fill our schedules, and deciding which are required, which bring us joy, and which simply fall into the category of “there’s just not enough time for this”. In case reading blogs falls into this final category, let’s keep this brief with 3 simple steps:

  1. quit saying yes when it’s driven by guilt– these decisions are joy-stealers, and they often snatch an opportunity from someone else who would actually want to say yes.
  2. quit adding without subtracting– this causes our plates to overflow. Our days only have 24 hours, our weeks only have 7 days, and hopefully sleep remains on your list of things that are required. We need to quit adding more tasks than will fit into our waking hours. Not to mention God created everything and still managed to fit in a day of rest – certainly His to-do list was more important than ours!
  3. quit being a super hero– these are the tasks that could be delegated to others, but our egos decide we can do it all, and so we swoop in to save the day. Excuse me while I go find my bright red cape.

So, my go-getting, over-achieving, multi-tasking friends, that’s all there is to it – 3 ways to be a successful quitter. Sounds easy, but speaking from experience, it’s a struggle that requires ongoing attention. Now quit reading and go enjoy this day, knowing that only God is unstoppable!

 


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and is a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.

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