Learn To Let Go

One of the hardest parts of life is letting go of what you have, and who you are, so you can become who you aspire to be.

How do you overcome this?  You must learn to make constant sacrifices.  You must be willing to consistently let go of your past so you can focus all of your efforts on building your future.  You cannot change the past, no matter how hard you try.  The sooner you can accept life for what it is, the sooner you can do something to change it – preferably for the better.  You must also learn to understand before you can expect to make any progress.  With understanding comes creativity and solutions.  Solutions are things you can take action on.

If you don’t have what you want, it may be time to stop looking at what you don’t have and start looking at what you do have.  The question to ask is, is something you have now holding you back from achieving the life that you really want?  What are you willing to give up, or let go, in order to make room for what you really want?  Keep in mind that whatever you’re willing to give up is a short-term sacrifice made for the sake of a long-term gain.

You can easily measure how serious you really are about something by how much you are willing to give up in order to have it.  While the thought of having to give something up, in order to let something else in, might spark some fear in you, accept this because it is a natural response to change.  The first reaction to change is always to resist.  The real problem arises when you let this resistance and fear make the decisions.  Stay focused on what it is that you really want.  Make your decisions based on positive things, like what you want, as opposed to negative things, like fear.  And remember, you should also consider the cost of not letting go – this is your opportunity cost (you may find it helpful to read about how to Recognize Your Opportunity Cost)

Sometimes you think things in your life are providing comfort and security, when in reality they are just holding you back from living a more fulfilled existence.  Being a little uncomfortable will always be a good thing.  It’s the driver of change.  It’s the catalyst for growth.  People like comfort for some reason, but when you’re comfortable you’re not growing.  And if you’re not growing, you’re standing still.  And if you’re standing still, life is going to run you over and never look back.

Sometimes you have to learn to let go so you don’t get run over.

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

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