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Everyday Cheapskate: How I Curb the Urge to Quit

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I wouldn't tell just anyone what I'm about to tell you -- and I'm only telling you because we're like family. At least several times a week, I want to quit. Seriously. The thought crosses my mind, and it's not when things are going great. It's when I face a challenge: a tough writing assignment, a book deadline, an early morning interview or a snarky message in my inbox.

This is nothing new. I've been dealing with the urge to quit for a long time. I can anticipate its arrival. And because of that, I've learned ways to deal with it before it drives me to the brink of resignation.


I talk back. Forcefully -- with confidence and conviction. I ask myself: Why are you doing this? There are so many other jobs you could be doing that would require less work and less time!

I usually conclude that I'm doing this because, even though I do work 50 to 60 hours a week, every week, I still enjoy tremendous freedom to choose how and where I?put in those hours.

And it's also because of you. And me. Without you and all of the people who make up this audience, there would be nothing to quit. You're the reason. And I am the reason, too. I need this as much as anyone, if not more! It's my maintenance, my financial sobriety. The work I do every day keeps me on the wagon, out of debt and moving forward.



All of us have those days when we feel like we're almost to the end of our rope and can't hang on another minute. Here are three steps you can take to give you the courage to keep going:


I would caution against making this a public dissertation. Write it journal-style where you can keep it private. Tell God how you feel. Say that you are angry and bitter or that you're afraid to face the day. However you choose, find a way to pour out your heart. It is cleansing to get it all out because that helps to release swirling negative thoughts. While your situation may not change, the way you feel about it will.


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