Before Breakfast - Get rid of the reasons to quit

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

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Good morning. This is Laura.

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Welcome.to.the before breakfast podcast today's tip is about one strategy that can help you persist toward a goal when you are tempted to give up.

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Get rid of your reasons to quit.

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In his book Peak secrets from the new science of expertise and there's Erickson explains that when we quit something we initially wanted to do it's because our reasons to continue no longer outweigh our Reasons to Quit that makes sense the math also suggests that we can change this equation in two ways. We can increase the reason to continue or we could decrease the reasons to give up.

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I imagine you already have a sense of why you wanted to learn Spanish or clean out your attic or increase your muscle mass. Whatever your goal is, you know your motivations for continuing.

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So I want to focus on decreasing Reasons to Quit these reasons tend to be much less specific to the person or goal. They're often just mundane barriers stuff. We could dress with a little attention.

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One common barrier believing we don't have the time. Maybe it's true, but probably not track your time. See what you're devoting time to that. You don't really care about see if this time can be redeployed. Maybe you could get up a little earlier. Maybe you could use the first half hour after your kids go to bed before you're too tired to do anything but crash on the couch to pursue your goal.

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Maybe you and your partner can trade off time on the weekends. Maybe you can protect one night per week from work and family responsibilities. There are 168 hours in a week. If you work 40 and sleep 8 per night or 56 per week that leaves 72 hours for other things saying I don't have time really means it's not a priority if that is true fine. But if your goal is a priority, then you can find the time somewhere don't go looking for 40 hours. That's ridiculous. Try looking for 2 hours a week even in smaller chunks that can reduce the sense of time constraints in any case once we acknowledge that time itself might not be the culprit. We see that are reasons to quit Center on something else like annoyance or cost eating healthy snacks isn't so hard but washing and cut.

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Vegetables is a pain. You may want to go to more networking events, but you don't want to use up your babysitting Budget on networking events and come up short for a night out with friends.

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Once you've identified these sorts of barriers, you can figure out a way to reduce these Reasons to Quit for instance. It turns out that grocery stores sell pre-cut fruits and veggies brilliant.

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Or maybe you create two babysitting budgets one for fun and one for networking. Now, you're not putting the two against each other and deed since you've already budgeted the networking babysitting money, you might feel more motivated to use it money is a tool if money is a reason you're going to quit then maybe before you quit. You could try putting a little more money into the issue that just might work.

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And finally, one of the big reasons people quit is that they are not seeing progress. They have gone on dozens of first dates and haven't found anyone to go on a second date with they've had lots of informational interviews, but haven't made any breakthroughs on Career next steps as we often say on this podcast progress is motivational when we don't see progress our motivation drops to reverse this process. We need to find ways to prove our progress to ourselves.

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So make your progress more visible.

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Keep a journal about those first dates what you liked what you didn't which restaurants you want to try again? What you learned in conversation what you're realizing you want in a partner?

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I am not a big fan of judging Life by the scale. But if you are trying to lose weight and the scale isn't budging focus on how you're sleeping better and how you have more energy.

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Write these observations down so you can study them and see that things are improving.

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The goal is to keep yourself from getting discouraged and having that be a reason to quit.

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Everything about that original goal equation. It's always possible that something will happen to boost your reasons to continue maybe a fairy godmother will appear and offer to pay you $100,000 if you successfully trained for that 10K.

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But my guess is that for most of us reducing the reasons to quit is going to be more effective. So we work your schedule.

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budget more money

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document your progress most likely you will see that it is possible to keep going.

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In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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Hey everybody. I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at before breakfast pod. That's be the number for then breakfast pod. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcast at iheartmedia.com that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much. I look forward to staying in touch.

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