When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.
So starting today…
- Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.
- Give up comparing yourself to others. – The only person you are competing against is yourself.
- Give up dwelling on the past or worrying too much about the future. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. Don’t miss it.
- Give up complaining. – Do something about it.
- Give up holding grudges. – Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
- Give up waiting. – What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
- Give up lying. – In the long-run the truth always reveals itself. Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
- Give up trying to avoid mistakes. – The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
- Give up saying, “I can’t.” – As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
- Give up trying to be everything to everyone. – Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small. Start now.
- Give up thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
- Give up setting small goals for yourself. – Many people set small goals because they’re afraid to fail. Ironically, setting these small goals is what makes them fail.
- Give up trying to do everything by yourself. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you work together, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone.
- Give up buying things you don’t need. – Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you. Do not spend to impress others. Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects. Read I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
- Give up blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
- Give up making mountains out of molehills. – One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years? If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
- Give up trying to live up to the expectations of others. – Work on it for real and exceed your own expectations. Everything else will fall into place.
- Give up the ‘easy street’ mentality. – There is too much emphasis on finding a ‘quick fix’ in today’s society. For example taking diet pills to lose weight instead of exercising and eating well. No amount of magic fairy dust replaces diligent, focused, hard work.
- Give up making promises you can’t keep. – Don’t over-promise. Over-deliver on everything you do.
- Give up letting your thoughts and feelings bottle up inside. – People are not mind readers. They will never know how you feel unless you tell them.
- Give up beating around the bush. – Say what you mean and mean what you say. Communicate effectively.
- Give up avoiding change. – However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. That’s the one thing you can count on. So embrace change and realize that change happens for a reason. It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.
- Give up your sense of entitlement. – Nobody is entitled to anything in this world. We are all equal. We breathe the same air. We get what we give. We get what we earn.
- Give up waiting until the last minute. – Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
- Give up being dramatic. – Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.
- Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving! Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program like the P90X workout.
- Give up junk food. – You are what you eat. Read The 4-Hour Body.
- Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored. Eat when you’re hungry.
- Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t smoke. Etc.
- Give up relationships with people who bring you down. – Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
- Give up being shy. – Network with people. Meet new people. Ask questions. Introduce yourself.
- Give up worrying about what others think of you. – Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way. What they think and say about you isn’t important. What is important is how you feel about yourself.
- Give up trying to control everything. – Life is an unpredictable phenomenon. No matter how good or bad things seem right now, we can never be 100% certain what will happen next. So do you best with what’s in front of you and leave the rest to the powers above you.
- Give up doing the same thing over and over again. – In order to grow, you must expand your horizons and break free of your comfort zone. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
- Give up following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t find the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
- Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.
- Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
- Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities. – It’s okay to be alone. It’s okay to do nothing sometimes. Think. Relax. Breathe. Be.
- Give up making emotional decisions. – Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence. Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.
- Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it. – Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it. Think bigger. Keep the end in mind. Do what you know in your heart is right.
- Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
- Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway. So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
- Give up spending your life working in a career field you’re not passionate about. – Life is too short for such nonsense. The right career choice is based on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing. So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop. You’re on to something big. Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions. Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
- Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have. Many people aren’t so lucky.
- Give up doubting others. – People who are determined do remarkable things. Remember, the one who says it can’t be done should never interrupt the one doing it.
- Give up fussing with every beauty product on the market. – Good looks attracts the eyes. Personality attracts the heart. Be proud to be you. That’s when you’re beautiful.
- Give up trying to fit in. – Don’t mold yourself into someone you’re not. Be yourself. Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
- Give up trying to be different for the sake of being different. – Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity is conformity. When people try too hard to be different, they usually end up being just like everyone else who is trying to be different. Once again, be yourself.
- Give up trying to avoid risk. – There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’ Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
- Give up putting your own needs on the back burner. – Yes, help others, but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
And remember, mistakes make us human, failures help us grow, hope keeps us going and love is the reason we’re alive. So keep learning, loving and living. Never give up on yourself.
Photo by: Ai-lueh Chen
I reposed on my site as well. Great list – thank you!
surendra sisodiya says
Really love this article! Very inspiring. 🙂
re: #16, a phrase I really like these days is “you have to make a decision. It doesn’t matter what the decision is, but make the decision and move on.”
This makes me want to start taking the chances I’ve been missing. Thank you so much.
I really like this article. I refer back to it all the time. Thank you.
This is one of the best advice articles I’ve seen in a long time. It’s nice to know that there are still some bloggers who aren’t completely convoluted with BS and romanticism. Despite some of the advice conflicting with other parts, if exercised with some common sense, this list is great.
Give up on giving up, then you will find peace.
And especially give up to read such postings, because all wisdom is in yourself, if you allow to feel, what feels right to you now.
Such a wonderful list! Thank you for the wisdom.
Cielo Cloud says
Awesome list!!! I needed to read this today! Thank you!
Tshepo Phakathi says
Thank U! Thank U! Very much. This is Life Changing.
Brandon systym says
I’d add this one:
Give up being right. We’re not always right.
One of the most important things I learned growing up was that NO ONE was entitled to anything. But I’m a little older and I think that’s what’s missing today. We have an entire country and a leader who has feelings of Entitlement. They feel they should be given everything for nothing. They need to read this list. It’s amazing. Thank you.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I had a bad day today, but you made me smile again!
Teshome Desalegn says
Great post! I’ve been working on giving up some of these life draining things. Thank for helping me do it.
Great Post! It made me realize how much I’ve given up that’s why I worry less now compared to before. Will share this to my friends who badly need it to reflect.
These points come in handy! They’re helping me see things a bit more clearly. Thanks so much for the post. Inspiring 🙂
Jim Clark says
Thank you for this one… printing it out and posting in the house to share with others.
Great and fantastic post! Hope to put them to practice. Great job!
I love it. Great reminders of how to live life large!
Abdul Rauf says
Wonderful article. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable, inspiring advice.
veeran mohan says
Wow! This post is just what I needed to read! So motivating!
Ahh thank you soo much for sharing this with us..
“Good looks attracts the eyes. Personality attracts the heart. Be proud to be you. That’s when you’re beautiful”
I love it!
nice articel.. 🙂
WOW great!! Thanks to Henry Lau for sharing this!
Thank you for the post. It’s time to give up the wrong things.
great post ! 🙂
Great list of things to avoid. I agree totally with avoiding multi tasking. It is very stressful and the results are usually mediocre at best.
James Miskimen says
Great post, lots of great advice. I’d suggest reviewing #12 however. Although we need to not set limits on ourself (which is what I believe this “give up” was pointing out), we can’t meet big goals in one jump. It is the small goals lined up to complete the big goal that allows us to achieve success. One step at a time will move you closer to your goal than giant leaps that you may never take (which also might make it easier to give up on not being 100% ready).
Keep up the great work!
Until next time ~ James
Daikwo James says
Woooow! What an exhilarating piece!
Am a shy guy, but you have transformed me from today to sharp, inspired guy.
Thanks for the list. It is really very inspiring 🙂
Yes to all of these. But mostly #3!