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5 Things to Quit So You Can Start Living Your Best Life

Many of us say we want to live our best life, but the fact of the matter is, not all of us are willing to put in the work to achieve that. Even though we're unhappy, we get so comfortable with that unhappiness that we aren't willing to do anything but complain about it.

There comes a point when you have to stop complaining and start doing. You can surround yourself with all the right people and have all the right tools, but if you aren't willing to put in the effort, nothing is going to change.

Contrary to popular belief, quitting isn't for losers. Knowing when to quit behaviors that aren't benefiting you, or when to walk away from people who are sucking the literal life out of you, is actually winning.

So, what are 5 things you can quit right now so you can start living your best life? Here we go...

1. Trying to please everyone.

Where are my fellow people-pleasers at? I get it- you want others to be happy so you're willing to sacrifice your own peace in order to achieve that. Let's face it, though, if you're constantly putting others first and never making yourself a priority, eventually you're going to lose it, and that's not going to benefit anyone. You don't need to be selfish, but you do need to practice some self-care and think about what's going to make you happy, too.

2. Fearing change.

Yes, change is scary, but you know what's scarier? Staying in a miserable situation simply because you're afraid of what's around the corner. Think about it, if you're unhappy now, can things really get any worse? Don't you owe it to yourself to take the chance? We aren't meant to stay stagnant. Change is a good thing. You just have to learn to embrace it.

3. Living in the past.

There's only one instance where the past should be brought up- if it's directly impacting the present. If it's not, why are you still looking back? It's not benefiting you in any way. Sometimes, you really just need to take the leap and not look back. Take the lessons from the past and apply them to the present, but don't allow the past to ruin the here-and-now.

4. Putting yourself down.

Let's face it- none of us are perfect and we all have room for improvement, but that absolutely in no way justifies putting yourself down. You need to be your own cheerleader! Celebrate even the smallest victories, because you know what? Life is hard- but you can do hard things. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. What really matters is what you think about yourself. If you think you're a rock star, that energy is going to project out of you and have a positive impact on everyone you meet.

5. Overthinking.

I'm talking to those people who stay up well past midnight scrolling social media because they can't shut their brain off. I'm totally guilty of it, too. But is overthinking really helping anything? If you think about something relentlessly, it's not going to solve the problem- it's going to create more problems. You're going to end up so stressed- so miserable- that you won't even have the energy to solve it. Do what you can. Breathe. And then let it go. You really are strong enough to handle whatever happens.

Can you stay stuck in the same patterns and behaviors that aren't serving you? Sure. But will you be living your best life? Absolutely not. If you want things to change, you have to make changes. Have a little faith in yourself and you'll get to where you want to be.

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