Ready to Give Up? 50 Things You SHOULD Give Up… Starting Today.

Starting today…

1. Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.

2. Give up comparing yourself to others. – The only person you are competing against is yourself.

3. 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.

4. Give up complaining. – Do something about it.

5. Give up holding grudges. – Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.

6. Give up waiting. – What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.”

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Give up making promises you can’t keep. – Don’t over-promise. Over-deliver on everything you do.

20. 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.

21. Give up beating around the bush. – Say what you mean and mean what you say. Communicate effectively.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Give up waiting until the last minute. – Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

25. Give up being dramatic. – Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.

26. Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving! Simply take a long, relaxing walk.

27. Give up junk food. – You are what you eat.

28. Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored. Eat when you’re hungry.

29. Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t smoke. Etc.

30. 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.

31. Give up being shy. – Network with people. Meet new people. Ask questions. Introduce yourself.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.

37. Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway. So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.

43. 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.

44. Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have. Many people aren’t so lucky.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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...

- I have no idea where this list originated, but I have found it in multiple places across the web. Love it! Thought it would make for a great weekend share. 😉

I hope this inspired you as much as it did me!


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  1. That's quite a list Lynn, with each thing we "Give Up", our lives improve a bit. You must have put a lot of thought into this post, I can't think of anything you haven't covered.

  2. Yvonne Lyon says:

    This is something I'm going to print out and use to help me with my morning gratitude and affirmations. Thanks for finding and sharing this Lynn.

  3. Great list Lynn, almost every one of these I have had to give up or am in the process of giving up. This can't be finished overnight and is not another list to make you feel bad about yourself. Love your quote at the end, "keep learning, loving and living".

  4. Great list Lynn,

    Just about all of these are wonderful things to get rid of. The ONE I sort of disagree with is #12.

    Now if by "small" things you mean setting goals like. "I am going to take this book to the library." For sure you are right.

    But I also think that many people really do fail because they try to take on too much at once.

    Lets say you were guilty of every single thing on this list (I hope no one is) and vowed to change everything. Most people would begin to fail one by one and soon enough scrap the whole thing.

    It takes about 28 days to develop a new habit. Isn't it better to break it down into bite size chunks and just keep adding on new challenges every 30 days.

    Lifestyle improvement should be a constant not just a whim.

    But I digress.... Love the list and people could do a lot worse than letting go of these 50 things.

  5. Hi Lynn!

    KOOL list. My favorite one would be:

    "23. 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."

    Probably one of the bigger reasons why society has been stumbling along these past years, IMO. IF more people that have this mentality would "Give Up" this mentality, I'd bet things would be in much better shape all around for everybody.

    Well ... I can Hope - right? heh heh

    Have Fun!

    Rick Wilson aka CorpRebel 😎

  6. Great List, Lynn! And so true - do what you Love- NOW
    Life is too Short to wait

  7. Thanks Lynn - a great list for me to remember as I start my week 🙂

  8. Peter Lawlor says:

    "Give up the ‘easy street’ mentality" is a good reminder for me. I've spent too much time looking for shortcuts during which time I could have completed the objective and probably more. I can't help myself ... I love systems, especially automated systems. Any tool that can help automate, I fall for and try. Most don't work. Which leads me to another problem I should give up - doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Fun list Lynn.

  9. I have been feeling a little down lately and discouraged and reading this list has helped me to refocus on the things and people that are the most important in life and not worry about the things I cannot control.

    thanks for the great list and support many of us need.

  10. I am always guilty of the 49th one, trying to avoid risk. There is a risk in every single thing done by humans and I must understand that.

  11. Excellent list Lynn.

    Personally, I like the need to give up feeling entitled.

    This is a major problem, especially with people here in the US.

    It just seems to get in the way of getting things done.

    Just an observation.


  12. Lynn,

    What a great list, and a great read/reminder for a Monday morning as I prepare to start my week.

    My favorite one is #1 - Give up trying to be perfect!

    🙂 Christina

  13. OK fine, I give up. :o)

    Great list!

    Glennette Goodbread, Owner
    Premium Web Design and Hosting

  14. Great article Lynn. The basic fundamentals that can be applied to many areas of life, not just business.

  15. I love this list! I just printed it out and placed it next to my computer. I've learned a lot these things before and I even teach several of them; however, I still find myself getting caught up in things like perfectionism, procrastination, buying things I don't need, etc...

  16. Thanks for sharing Lynn! This is a great list that you can apply to life, not just business.

  17. "29. Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t smoke. Etc."

    Does this mean you plan to give up cigarettes (again)?

  18. Sometimes things don't work out. Focus on making good decisions and don't worry about the results that much, they will come!

    Great article! Thanks!

  19. I have seen this before as well but it is definitely a good reminder! If you really read the list and try to take into example in your life it can help you a lot both in your business as well as in your every day life and relationships. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Great Lynn! After a short break I knew you would entertain us with something profound. Something definitely worth keeping.

  21. ABSOLUTELY the best thing I have read in ages. I work in the mental health field and see patients everyday that need this list, and yes I will be giving them copies and steer them to website. Once again, Lynn Terry, you prove amazing

  22. Love this! The only one I disagree with is the one about setting small goals for yourself. I think small goals help me to feel less overhwhelmed. But GREAT post!

  23. Great list Lynn, I need to work on most of those things. Easier said then done I suppose.

  24. I love the tip on multi-tasking and i pray a lot of people will take it serious. It's not just possible to do a lot of stuff at the same time. You'll just be shortening your success duration. I have really learned from this.

  25. Perfect Lynn! Good find. Worth printing and laminating, that's for sure 😉

  26. I'm seeing lots of familiar points you have in the list! LOL Until now, I find it hard to give up some of these items, but started to work on it. Personally, I feel much comfortable whenever I start giving up any of these concerns. I'm absolutely happy with the result.

  27. What a superb list! I need this as a Wallchart!!

    Um...all at once?


    The Give up being anti athletic really cracked me up!

  28. Superb Lynn! In our increasingly busy and quickening world, we need reminding to simplify and uncomplicate our lives... at the very least for sanity, and at best for greater clarity, focus and effectiveness.

  29. This is a list to print out and memorize, Lynn. The world would be a much happier place for ourselves and for those around us if we could learn to live according to it. Thanks!

  30. Steve . ( Steve from Earn Money Online ). . Lynn is just sharing a list with everyone. Lets not make the mistake of being myoptic with
    our relative incremental approximations of obsevation about what we share with each other.

    P.S. I always look forward to making another mistake . . .it gets me closer. Mistakes are lifes approximations.

  31. Thanks. Great list - commonsense mostly, something that seems to be lacking in this great world of ours today!

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