Quit Now – 20 things and habits to quit to become a better person

Think you've hit a wall? There's always a way out when it comes to being a better person in life. Find out how
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What are the things in life that you can quit now and today, to become a better person? Cliché answers are polygamy, theft, selfishness, bad habits, negative mindset and more. The world is full of vices and the list can be endless depending on individual situations and circumstances. Here is a practical 21st century approach to the things you can quit to become a better person.

1) Quit greed

What concept does a casino work on? You earn five dollars from a slot machine. Then in the hope of earning even more, you blow away those five dollars and more. The self sustaining vicious cycle of casinos goes on and you keep on becoming a victim of your own greed. The point is that there are very few people in this world who will stop at five dollars and walk out of the casino. Quit being greedy now.

2) Quit over-ambition

Ambition and goals are great but can turn lethal when they cross the line. Over ambitious people are often known to tramp over other people's feelings and emotions, use them like ladders and throw them away when they are rendered useless. Over ambition also tends to blur out other important things in a person's life such as a personal touch to relationships, spending time for the sweet nothings of life and harboring a feeling of discontent all the time. The key is to be as ambitious as you can, but to be realistic at the same time.

3) Quit malicious gossip

It's quite healthy to talk about how she looked in that tight sheath dress or how nice he smelt, but gossiping beyond that might become troublesome for you. Would you like it if people talked behind your back? If you think your gossip stays just between your friends, forget about it. Gossip travels faster than light! For all you know, it will come back to you as quickly as it went off from your mouth. And this time, someone else will have the last laugh.

4) Quit long pauses while talking

"Uuuuuuh", "Ummmmm", "Errrrrrrrrrr" and the likes of such long verbal pauses on the phone can prove to be nauseous for the person on the receiving end. You don't need to let the other person know that you're buying time to think or that you're in a sticky situation of being out of words. This habit can be very damaging to your professional image. Quit this annoying habit now and fill your long pauses with silence or politely hang up if you are on the phone.

5) Quit multi-tasking

And you look surprised! There are tasks that need your undivided attention rather than split functionality. You seriously can't be checking account sheets and calming a baby down at the same time, can you? As effective multi-tasking may seem in the real world, it needs focus and nerves of steel to get important tasks done. Critical tasks, whether in personal or professional life, need your undivided attention and your habit of multi-tasking may let you down at the point of no return.

6) Quit getting carried away

Are you always excited? That's great. And you're taking an important decision? Not so great! Getting carried away is only human. To quit doing so, the best way out is to wait for yourself to calm down before doing anything else when you seem to be getting hyper. Many of the worst and the most regrettable decisions of life can be taken when you get carried away, either by a whirlwind of passion or in a fit of anger.

7) Quit being cynical

No one can be expected to be sprightly and positive all the time. It's okay if you are not exactly a bubbly, positive person. But if you can't encourage or appreciate someone, for sure don't be negative and cynical for them. If you don't believe in dreaming big and flying high, at least don't cut off other people's wings.

8) Quit looking at the mirror all the time

No, this is not only for the ladies. In the 21st century, men are no less when it comes to spending time in front of the mirror. Spending too much time in front of the mirror can be a sign of nervousness and lack of self confidence. Taking sneak peeks at the mirror once or twice during a romantic date is fine. But being obsessed with your reflection to check if a single strand of hair has moved or not is just taking self obsession to another level. Our bodies are beautiful and beauty in itself is much more than every strand of hair being in place.

9) Quit interrupting

This should be polled as the world's most annoying habit, don't you think? Have you noticed how many times we all tend to interrupt each other while talking? Whether it is a telephonic conversation, a discussion or a candid chat, everyone seems to have mastered the art of interrupting. Quit this habit now.

10) Quit being tardy

Do you manage to always reach the office half an hour later than you are supposed to? Being late at a party may be fashionable but not when you have an appointment with someone. Not only will you end up looking unreliable but also ineffective. The first sign of a successful person is often that they can honor other people's time.

11) Quit being miserly

Saving up is great and is a core element of the 'becoming rich' mantra. But not when you're buying a present for your best friend or when you're treating your sweetheart for dinner. If you're constantly thinking accounts, money, excel sheet, savings, rates of interest and so on even on the personal front, you'll probably be a great investment banker who can't enjoy life. Remember that you won't be allowed to take your bundle of dollar bills with you in the coffin. And even if you are, they will simply rot away. So quit being miserly and feel free to wisely spend your money for your own happiness.

12) Quit being overworked

You might think working your butt of is going to reap benefits for you in the future. Be warned, as that will happen on the professional front. By being overworked, you're only going to fall sick, ruin your health, burn out, ruin your relationships and compromise on your hobbies. Quit being overworked before life quits on you!

13) Quit micro managing

Have you asked your daughter to finish a task? Then leave it to her with full independence, as far as she can complete it in the given deadline. If you start asking her about it from the very next day, that's a classic case of micro managing. No one likes it when someone sits on their head day and night and surely, you wouldn't too. If you micro manage everybody, you're actually increasing everyone's labor rather than delegating work.

14) Quite being unhealthily obese

No this is not supposed to be an offensive statement to people who are medically obese. Nor is this supposed to be offensive to people who pack a few pounds of fat. After all, what's the point of living life if you can't enjoy it without worried about packing a few pounds on? But if you are letting your junk food habits get the better of you on a daily basis, maybe it is time you reconsidered your health goals. Even of you spare 15 minutes for exercise each day, you'll probably add a few more days to your life and a whole lot of happiness of being able to do the things you want.

15) Quite using people

Fortunately or unfortunately, life always isn't about climbing up a ladder. Sometimes, you have to fall down too. And when that happens, every rung you've stepped on before will become precious. People, friends, acquaintances and networks are the most precious assets you can have in life. You may end up fighting with someone, but don't render rungs of your ladder-like life useless by ruthlessly using these resources.

16) Quit looking back

Literally and metaphorically, quit looking back now! Whenever you're unsure or indecisive about something, hold your breath high and tell yourself that whatever you did was correct. And if it wasn't, you will correct it for yourself. Looking back and regretting over the things that did not happen is not going to change what already happen. Hold your head up high and keep walking the walk of life.

17) Quit being overruled

Have you always been around bullies and more dominating personalities in school and college? Then chances are that you might be in the habit of getting your opinion smashed right, left and center and facing peer pressure. Personalities who take sadistic pleasure in taking credit for other people's ideas and stomping on other people's insightful opinions will never cease to exist. The only way to be happy in life is to stand up strong and deciding to do what you want, when you want and how you want.

18) Quit smoking

It's a different thing to smoke a cigar on a weekend or to enjoy a hookah once in a while. But if you can't live without that those sticks for more than a day, you're addicted. Not only are you draining out your own money, but you are also creating trouble for people who live with you. No, it's not about passive smoking, it's about the troubles they'd face when you die young.

19) Quit procrastination

Are you waiting for tomorrow to finish off that task that you started a while back and were supposed to finish yesterday? The pile is only going to get bigger for you folks. It's like accumulating payable interest in your bank account. Small amounts are going to add up every day to something humungous and unmanageable in the future. To-do lists don't exist to sit under fridge magnets, they're there to be completed. Quit procrastinating now!

20) Quit being difficult

Don't think you're the only person fighting the toughest battle of your life. Every person you face is probably fighting a tougher battle. Stop perching high and be open. The best way of living life is being like a sponge – absorbing what you need and squeezing out what you don't. Don't be stubborn, obstinate and difficult when you know you can ease out a little bit and make someone else happy.

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sunkentreasure 5 years ago

BLESS SOMEONE TODAY By BERNARD LEVINE

Bless someone today with words of kindness

Do something nice for a friend

Sow seeds of encouragement into a stranger's heart

Tell your loved ones you greatly adore them

Make someone's day precious and beautiful

Give God praise for His greatness

Strengthen your companion with fruits of joy

Add faith to your neighbour's life

Bless someone today and remember - Jesus loves you.

© Bernard Levine


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Digitskyes 5 years ago from Highlands, Scotland

All very wise and sensible :D Thanks...now I just have to work out how to quit them :P


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

These are all terrific points. Why are some of these so challenging for us humans? I don't smoke but I could put caffeine in that place. Maybe I'll take this list and work on one at a time. Thanks for your insight! Voted up!


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

Hi Digitskyes

I'm glad you think so. Thanks heaps for reading and commenting and I hope you find these useful in one way or another.

Princesswithapen


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

Chasing Riley

Some of the most simple things in life are some of the most beautiful, most pleasurable and at times, seem most unattainable. Suppose that is the irony of life?

As long as your daily caffeine fix is limited to a cup or two of normal coffee a day, I doubt it will hurt you in any way. Unless of course, you are medically advised or have a prevalent condition.

I'm really glad you liked these 'things to quit'. Thanks for stopping by!

Princesswithapen


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laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

This was a very interesting and inspiring hub... Some things on here that I didn't think about, and small changes in your life can easily make a difference and cross a couple of these off!! This was a really great read!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

some of these are easier to accomplish than others.


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THEHuG5 5 years ago

*claps* Yes! This is awesome. I mean most things in life are easier said than done but all it takes is that one little push to start heading towards your goals. People these days are so used to instant gratification that they don't try as hard as they should sometimes.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I am a huge multi-tasker and am not planning to change this any time soon, but I agree with many of your other suggestions. Even changing one or two bad habits can make a huge difference in a person's life.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

hey yes very true i agree with all the points specialy Quit getting carried away, it happens to me all the time!!

vote up!!

carrie


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

laurathegentleman

You're right. Small changes in life can make a difference. I'm glad you enjoyed this read. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Princesswithapen


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

Flora

Absolutely. In fact some of these things are too hard, if not impossible to quit for those who have that habit. Consider greed, for example. Quitting greed and quitting the thought of being greedy may sound easy, but the world knows how difficult it actually is.

Princesswithapen


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

THEHuG5

You're absolutely right. All it takes is a little push to move in the right direction. All people need to do is try.

Instant gratification, as you have pointed out, is definitely the thing to get in the 21st century. And when you think of it, there's actually nothing wrong in expecting instant gratification. However things start getting murky when people start expecting it in each and every walk of life, don't you think?

I'm really glad you liked this hub. Thanks heaps for your warm appreciation!

Princesswithapen


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

Hi randomcreative

Multi-tasking is like a double edged sword. Those who can master it can't live without it while those who can't seem to fail horribly when trying to multi-task. You should definitely do a hub on multi-tasking because there are a few people out here who succesfully juggle a career as a writer, online marketeer and also make and sell jewelry for a living. Talk about multi-tasking!

And yes, I agree with you that even changing one or two bad habits can make larger than life changes in someone's life.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Princesswithapen


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

Hi carrie

We all get carried away at times and that is okay. After all, what's the point of living if you don't get excited about the things you're passionate about? Getting carried away hurts only during times when we need to be calm, focused and take decisions. I'm really glad you could relate to these points. Thanks very much for reading and commenting. Much appreciated!

Princesswithapen


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good Hub...all things we need to be reminded of frequently. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving holiday.


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

phdast7

Yes, thanks for asking.

You're absolutely right. Being reminded of stopping bad habits never went out of vogue, did it?

I hope you had a great thanksgiving holiday too!

Princesswithapen


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lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Love this list. Unfortunately, my to do list is already a little full.


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princesswithapen 5 years ago Author

Hi lpanfil

I'm glad you liked this list. Hopefully you get to revisit this after you've got things off your plate. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Princesswithapen


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cptjarum 3 years ago from perth

My goodness I love this list. You stepped on a couple of my toes but I gotta give it to you princess this is an awesome hub!

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