3 Surefire Ways to Jumpstart Spring Quitting

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Spring is here! And I couldn’t be happier being kissed by the sun, applauding the tulips’ big bloom, dodging obese (but harmless) bumble bees, or having the scent of Pine Sol and bleach fill the house.

Yes, it’s that time of year in our house – spring cleaning! It’s time to wipe down those dusty base boards and ceiling fans, wash shower curtains, slay all dust bunnies and spider webs, and toss those old (and some new) clothes into the over-sized lawn bags for Goodwill.

You’d be amazed at the amount of dirt and filth around the house when you actually decide to look at it.  Dirt that’s been sitting there staring at you, plotting its growth, accumulating right under your nose. It didn’t bother you; you didn’t bother it. Until…you finally woke up and didn’t like what you saw.

Did you know the same thing happens with our lives? Years go by, we accumulate “unchecked” junk and negativity along the way, and before long, we’re an educated, successful, outwardly “together” human landfill. Oh, what a beautiful, stinky mess we are.

So, Quitters….let’s quit it!

In the same way we spring clean our homes, we must take serious inventory of our thoughts, habits, and behaviors to assess what we need to quit, what we need to add, and what needs to be rearranged in order to be our best selves.

Ready to get started with your spring quitting? Here are 3 quick ways to jumpstart the journey:

1.  Want “better”.

You can’t expect a great deal of success in anything if you really don’t care about what you’re doing. Do you want to be a better person? Do you want to improve your relationships, health, and overall outlook on life by starting with YOU? If your answer is “No”, you’re done – do nothing. But if your answer is “Yes!”, then in the words of the great motivator, Woodsy Owl, “Give a hoot!” 🙂

When you really want something, when you really care about something – your heart is in it. Spring quitting takes heart, and it will take your heart through many positive changes at the same time – if you want it to.

2. Challenge your “status quo”.

Ever notice how glaring dirt and grime is at someone else’s house? Perhaps you’re using their bathroom and wonder to yourself, “How do they LIVE like this?” Well Quitter fam, there are people who live, work, and associate with you on a regular basis asking themselves that same question:

“Why doesn’t s/he see how negative/unattractive/unhealthy that behavior is?”

Pay attention to the obvious, Quitters. That stuff about you that’s been “you” for so long, that you hardly (if ever) notice it anymore. For instance, it took me a minute to realize, “Kim, you cut people off when they’re speaking on the regular – that’s rude.” Do I? Hmmph. I figured if you’re talking too long, I’d better either cut in before I forget what I was going to say, or cut in to stop the madness (lol). I’m still spring quitting in this area, scrubbing with Respect For Others and a spray bottle of Self-Control.  But this is/was regular ol’ Me – and it’s our usual behaviors that need the most attention, but get the least focus. [Tweet this]

3.  SPRING forward in the right direction.

No one takes a leap, and lands .3cm away. To SPRING forward implies a forward motion that takes MORE than the usual effort and force.  To get a good running start, don’t just look or lean in the right direction – lunge, reach, roar, push – exert some energy, cos this is WORK, fam! You will wipe a trickle of sweat from your brow as you scrub, scrape, scour, and disinfect your thoughts and habits.

Can Spring Quitting be a daunting task? Yep. But don’t let it scare you! Don’t be afraid to face those childhood pains covered in dust bunnies. The next time your mind walks past that grudge – let it go! When you feel those usual harsh words running to your lips – swallow hard and wash  them away!

Whatever you do, don’t be deterred from reaching that level of beauty and pride that only a good spring quitting can give you.

Prayer-note: “Dear Love, I quit accepting the dirty, grimy areas in my life as status quo. I will trust and embrace spring cleaning for my mind, body, and soul.”
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