Now, let's take a look at some of the things that I have started, and ultimately quit, over the last 21 years:
- Tap dancing.
- Aus kick.
- Swimming lessons.
- Setting myself monthly goals.
- Beauty school (although, my campus closed down and relocated to the city, so this one wasn't entirely my fault).
- Singing lessons.
- Going to the gym.
- High school (once again, a bit more complicated than just "I quit", but still).
The first thing that is blatantly obvious from looking at this list is that I dislike anything that involves much physical activity, but also that I lack discipline. I find that quite ironic as I lived in a very strict household; I was never grounded or ever in that much trouble because that just wasn't an option in my house.
Fear was a greatly used tool, and it made me realise very early on that I never wanted to find out what the "or else" meant in the phrase "don't do this or else". I do wish that I was forced to go through with some of the things I decided to take up as a child, though. I might have been really good at those activities by now, instead of being embarrassingly unfit, and still scared to be in even semi-large bodies of water.
The fact that I know myself, and know how often I quit things, makes me not want to try new things anymore. I don't have the drive to go through with things that don't give me instant gratification, and I know how problematic that is, so I am using this knowledge of myself to make better decisions. I know now not to make snap decisions that can affect me long-term, as I do tend to change my mind a lot.
If I choose to start something, anything, from now on, I am going to try my damn hardest to see it through to the very end. Even if I hate it, I know I will learn something from it, and that will make it worth it. Who knows, perhaps I'll become so great at finishing things that I'll even go back to the book I started reading in October 2016 and finish that, too. Only time will tell.
Tell me: are you a quitter, or do you push through and finish things, even if you hate them? Do you have a reason for why you are either of those things? I'd love to know I'm not the only quitter out there, and to get some advice on how to quit quitting.
Until next time,