Quitting Time

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I can be so friggin wrong at times I wonder why you’re even reading this blog.

Never-the-less, I reserve the right to change my mind as experience permits.

In a post a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I felt about quitting. And now I’m writing to say I feel much differently about it than I did before.

Maybe this concept has changed for me just because I brought it into my reality by writing about it so now this personal belief can evolve at it’s own pace in my continuously unconscious awareness. At least, that’s my story today…

Pulling The Pin

It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. Yogi Berra

Anyway, the way I see it now is that there are THOUSANDS of programs that purport to help us quit stuff. And all these programs wouldn’t exist unless there were things someone felt were worth quitting. You know, stuff like;

  • eating
  • smoking
  • drinking (I tried this one)
  • bingo
  • dingo – bingo with sex involved πŸ˜‰
  • killing and anything else humans do

But there is an art to quitting that I never figured out until just today.

The secret is NOT in quitting but in WHAT to quit, WHY to quit and WHEN to quit. Really, if a person has to answer that many questions and then CAN, I’m inclined to think it might be decision time.

Jumping 101

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Bailing out over land is good

Please, before you take the plunge, consider these thoughts;

1. Promise yourself that before you start anything ever again, you will really contemplate whether this is something you should even be doing to begin with. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

2. If you are doing something now and it doesn’t agree with you, ponder why it doesn’t. Don’t let yourself off the hook too easily but understand that things are likely to continue on as they have been.

  • What is it about this thing that causes you ill feelings?
  • Can you change it?
  • Do you want to invest the energy to perhaps change it?
  • How much time will you devote to these potential changes?
  • What will you do if the system doesn’t change?

3. If you decide you can’t change the system, is there a best method and time to vacate?

4. What does your new imaginary life look like? Will some idea, person or culture give you the space you need to grab hold of the other side?

5. Once you have decided to go, produce an activity plan for freedom. The excitement of carrying out your own plan will give you the power to ensure successful quitting. All actions become externally ambiguous once you are working your plan.

6. Go Ahead and Jump!

Thank you, friend.

Barry out.


9 Responses to “Quitting Time”

  1. Just thought I would pop by to say hello as I am also a Masterclass student!

    I am really enjoying the course and getting a lot from it – how about you?

    Hope to speak to you soon in the forum as I think that will be available
    very soon.

    Best Wishes
    Keith

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    Barry Williams Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Keith.

    I’m still getting the hang of how this whole blog thing works and a few comments have fallen through the huge cracks in my system! I, too am enjoying this course and looking forward to the forum.

    Will talk to you there, mister.

    Have a grand day, Keith!

    Barry

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  2. Hi Barry, I’m one of John’s new students. I love your use of pictures, they really accentuate your article and make the post more fun to read!

    These are some good, very serious and essential questions to ask when it comes to addiction or behavior. I also love your writing style, catchy, humorous and relatable. You’ve got a beautiful blog!

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    Barry Williams Reply:

    Thank you Olivia, I really appreciate the input. How are you doing?

    I love being in John’s class as his step by step process has certainly helped me produce both this blog and now a few online articles as well. I’m also really looking forward to talking to you and others who think similar to us in John’s forum.

    To me this online stuff is a lot like the old railroads when they first snaked their way across the continent. Folks thought the pioneers were mad for laying train tracks where nothing existed but the rail tycoons knew the spirit of humans – if you make a trail, people will follow it…

    Great to meet you missus, thanks again and talk to you soon.

    Barry

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  3. Thanks mister. I agree with you. Quitting anything already signifies a mistake has been made because now we have to expend effort just to get back to zero. Unless, that is, we learn from our mistakes and then it can all be chalked up to experience… πŸ˜‰

    I have enough experience for a while, though.

    Talk to you soon, Alan.

    Barry

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  4. Hi Barry πŸ™‚

    I love the cartoon pictures on yr blog..
    I’m the new student of Masterclass 2010..really excited and looking forward to build our new product next week.

    Let’s enjoy the Masterclass learning journey together !

    Never Give up.. πŸ™‚

    Emily Lye

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    Barry Williams Reply:

    Thanks for the comment and yes, I’m enjoying this masterclass immensely. Really looking forward to working with you and John’s other students. Have a grand day Emily!

    Barry

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  5. All this crap is fairly easy to write about but not so easy to employ.

    Never-the-less, I recently used this exact formula to end a long term relationship and while the unavoidable emotional waves remain, proper contemplation of my actions led to the best outcome possible.

    Zero anger.

    Lets see, how do I monetize reducing universal entropy? 😎

    Hmm, what would L. Ron Hubbard do?
    Barry Williams recently posted..My Secret Blog Idea Plan – How To Appear Extweemly- Extweemly Intelligent

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  6. Hi Barry

    I really liked this blog and I was actually able to understand it all, without wishing that I had some LSD to hand, before I attempted to process it.

    Either, you have become more β€œsain” or I have finally lost it, I’m not sure which it is, but I’m glad that you have decided to stick with it.

    Best, Theresa

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