In fact, what I really believe we should give up is excess, to enjoy the things that are truly important.
I’ve written about this lots.
I also believe that we all have things somewhere that we’d either like to give up or be better off giving up (even if we don’t realize it yet).
Just trust me on this one – it’s liberating – you’ll see. Or your money back.
So my challenge to you is to give up one thing.
Just one thing.
Don’t worry, I’m even going to help you with some suggestions if you’re stuck.
What I Have Given Up
The reason I’m recommending this is because I’ve given up lots of things and seen the benefits.
However there’s more to it than that which I intend to explain in the next few articles.
Here are some of the things I’ve given up: Fancy Car, Job, Alcohol, Busy Time, Our House and life in London, Lots of Possessions (i.e. de-cluttering), Worrying about things I can’t change, Job Hunting, Wasting Time, Wasting Money, Wasting Food, Fancy Restaurants, Frequent Cinema Visits… (I could go on but you get the idea).
P.S. In case you were wondering why it’s not on the list, I’ve never smoked (nope, never even tried it) but if I did, I would probably have given that up by now too.
Everybody Has Things They Can Give Up
Despite all of that above, I still have plenty more I could give up.
… and I believe everyone does have. Whether beliefs, habits, possessions or relationships, we all have something somewhere we’d be better off giving up. That’s the theory anyway. If you say no you don’t, then perhaps you’re perfect. I thought nobody was perfect.
What I’m Going To Give Up
Yes, I’m playing too.
I’m going to take this little (well as little or big as you want it to be actually) challenge with you. So what am I going to give up?
I nearly chose chocolate. I do love chocolate and it’s been quite difficult to resist when the rest of my family continues to eat chocolate and I’ve been on the slow-carb diet, but I have just stock piled for my cheat day every time I got any urges.
I’m going to leave chocolate for another day. What’s more important to me right now is to get a good habit going around my dental hygiene. I do have a good toothbrush and brush every morning and every night, but even though I know flossing is very important, I find it boring and I don’t do it, I don’t regularly use mouthwash either. So my give up is going to be:
What: Give up having an average dental routine.
How: At the moment I’m traveling, but that’s no excuse, I’m off to the pharmacy here in Auron first thing in the morning and I’m going to buy some floss, inter-dental sticks and mouthwash and begin a top rate dental routine which I will follow at least every morning and every evening until it becomes a habit – I’m going to get obsessive about it (and I don’t care what it costs for these products – my health is more important and it will probably save on dental bills anyway).
My Suggestions In Case You’re Stuck
I bet you’re not stuck at all if you read everything above, but just in case you are here is a totally random list of suggestions to get you thinking:
You could give up…
…worrying for one whole day
…one pair of shoes
…one limiting belief
…your fancy car (completely or by replacing it with a much less fancy one)
…drinking for one month
…sugar for one week
the times I chose here are random, it could be for 1 hour or for ever, I don’t care, choose what you think will work best for you.
Some things are harder than others
Obviously some things are harder than others to give up.
So it’s up to you.
How much do you want to challenge yourself?
If you do pick something hard, tell me about it in the comments, also tell me about how you intend to give it up. If it’s a habit you want to change, make sure you read about how habits work first and let me know what you intend to do.
This article is an invitation, it’s actually not the article I intended to write today (which is about the power of small changes) but that is coming soon and if you are happy enough to take my challenge here, when I do write the article on small changes, chances are that article will make a lot more sense to you.
So please leave a short comment just letting me know the one thing you’re going to give up. It can be tiny weeny or huge, that’s completely up to you and you don’t get more points either way 😉 If it is something that you think you might find difficult and you want to let me know how you’re going to go about it, that would be cool too.