What was my resolution? To quit.
Yes, you read that correctly. As hundreds of people began resolving to lose weight, build businesses, and make more money, I resolved to quit. My quitting began with the mute button on Instagram. No, I do not need to view one million IG stories a day. In spite of how witty and entertaining some people are, I just had to quit. Then, I quit following some people and pages. With one click of a button, I no longer have a feed filled with sales pages. My eyes no longer see “How to be a millionaire in three easy steps.”. In fact, I rarely see anything telling me how to achieve a given task in a certain number of steps. I have been freed! No fear of missing out here, baby. None.
Wait, there’s more!
Not only did I click away from people and pages, I quit obsessing over many details of my life. Prepare yourselves, I deleted the macro food counter on my app. What? Am I crazy? Maybe. But, the obsession with food was making me even crazier. I want freedom, not another shackle around my ankle. (The Trim Healthy Mama food plan is helping me find food freedom.) Oh, I also quit the gym. Many are signing up, and lacing up their shoes, but I cancelled my gym membership. My body was hurting, all the time. Being a bit stubborn, I chose to push through the pain, until sitting and standing became painful. After a few trips to my chiropractor, and a discovery of some spine problems, I chose to do things differently. Yes, I exercise every single day, but I no longer punish myself (thank you, Suzanne Bowen Fitness streaming workouts). Friends, it is glorious. For the first time in a very long time, I feel good. The weight I want to lose has not miraculously been shed overnight, but I am confident it will come off.
But, that’s not all. There’s more!
This has been a long time coming, but I quit believing I need to save the world, and the people in it. Secondly, I quit taking other people’s offense personally. There are times people do not agree with words I write or speak. Sometimes, they become offended. I have learned that offense is theirs, not mine, and I do not have to carry it. Also, I quit expecting everyone to support the path I am on. God has called me to write, to speak, to encourage and equip others, and that is all the qualification I need. Do I still care deeply about others? Oh my word, yes. Helping others is at the core of everything I do. However, I am simply an instrument God chooses to use. He does all the hard work. Finally, I quit doubting my own power. That can easily be misunderstood. I do not mean to say I will now start trampling on others, quite the contrary. I actually find myself caring more deeply because I know how to take better care of myself, and I have the space to do so. My life has been too cluttered with unnecessary things, things I had to quit. I had to quit to begin finding unity.
I hope you will join me.
Friends, I am discovering what unity means for me, and I am declaring “This Is Me” as my anthem. I chose to quit in order to move forward, and I hope you will too. Is there something you need to quit? I want to encourage you to quit what is no longer for you. Let’s choose to walk in faith, trusting God as we release what is not ours to hold onto. Are you ready to quit? Here’s how.
- Make a list of what you need to quit. Disengage from social media? Remove your name from a volunteer list? Self doubt? Whatever it may be, write it down.
- Take action. Make the calls, click the buttons, just take the action necessary for you to quit. I know, it can be scary (but mainly when we are focused on how others will react). It’s ok, I’m right beside you. This is for your good. Quit what is holding you back in order to more forward in what God has called you.
- Live in freedom. It may take you a few days to enjoy your new found freedom. Take a moment to breathe, to celebrate your quitting. But, only a moment. You see, the real work begins after the quitting. Go forth, and follow your anointing!