Quitting to Win

Hi there! I suppose it has been a while so I hope all is well! Some big changes are being made! (Maybe this type of change will translate somehow into your life.. read and let me know!)

I began to have doubts as I took my photos. I kept running into poses that were beyond my practice and I grew tired of the thought, “I will get there by October”. I also began to plan my life around my blog, effectively letting my own blog run my life. This became apparent to me when I wanted to go camping with my man and the first thought that popped into my head was how long was it going to take to prepare a full weekend of blog posts. This is what I thought about? I want to be adventurous.. my blog should not be holding me back!

I have loved using the book ‘2100 Asanas’ to explore poses that were never made available at any of my yoga classes. It may have been being a little too ambitious to share all of these great poses with others all within a year. By rushing through the poses I found that I was not finding the true benefits of my practice anymore. This blog became a blur. Something had to change. On top of this, there have been some major changes in my life such as my newest job beginning to consume my thoughts and time as well as my new found addiction to learning French. Oh yes, I needed to explore the adventuring portion of my blog.

I asked myself, what about this blog do I love? What can I do without? Is there something I can do to get more of what I love and less of what I can live without? How can I do this without quitting my goal for this blog? Then the answer came to me in the form of a podcast titled “The Upside of Quitting” by Freakonomics Radio. (I highly encourage you to give it a listen.)

My answer was Quitting to Win! Let me explain more.. Your main concern when I say I am going to quit may be “but you have already put so much effort in!” I thought this exact same thing until I found that this thought process was actually holding me back. It works like this. Sunk cost is all of the time and money and effort you have put into something. Sunk cost makes it seem unreasonable to quit. Opportunity cost however, is described by the podcast as this:

Opportunity cost is about the future. It means that for every hour or dollar you spend on one thing, you’re giving up the opportunity to spend that hour or dollar on something else – something that might make your life better. If only you weren’t so worried about the sunk cost. If only you could …. quit.

When I listened to this my mind was blown. Previously, I had never put a name to the feeling of missing out! I had always been a person who finished what I started, no matter how lofty the goal. I was not benefiting anyone by holding myself back. I want more time for meditation and reflection. I want more time for reading. I want more time for French. I want more time for dancing. I want more time for a social life. Well… I want more time for a lot of things. Quitting was my answer.

This blog so far has been a fun experiment and I would not take back these past three months for anything. Challenging myself in yoga and doing almost 500 poses in under three months was intense. But now I feel ready to step back and deepen my practice. I will be able to enjoy my practice more instead of turning it into work. From here on out this blog will be more beneficial I think. I will be exploring poses in more depth when I post them and writing more about what the pose is actually doing. I would love to hear if you have any questions or wants.

I hope you will join me on my adventures! Until the next post, Namaste!

(Photo credit to Taylor Mickal)

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