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Go ahead. Quit.

By Rochelle Brenner

This blog is going to sound really surprising at first.

In the beginning of every class, we recite our student creed with the words: Winners never quit, quitters never win.

Sounds good. But I think you should do the opposite - go ahead and quit. Seriously, quit.

Here’s the catch, though. Quit something that’s not getting you closer to your goals.

Quit something that doesn’t add to your life.

The most successful people in life had to quit things -- A comfortable job for a better career. One sport to focus on excelling in another. A fun activity like staying up late with friends to wake up early and exercise.

That saying in the beginning of each class

is a reflection of our commitment to martial arts and our integrity to reach a meaningful goal that we set for ourselves: Black Belt. It doesn’t apply to everything. There are times when quitting a distraction is the only thing that will get you to the next level. Quitting those things help you reach your goals faster and with fewer distractions and excuses.

You can start small: Maybe quit texting after 9 pm. Quit dessert on weekdays. When I started running races I quit going out to big dinners with friends. Friends who missed seeing me would eventually join me on those runs. Whatever you quit, make sure you are taking steps toward your goals every day.

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