The Art of Letting Go

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Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. Ironically, their pain and suffering have become the comfort zone they are not willing to give up. However, there are times when it takes much more strength and courage to know when to let go and move on…

Here are 8 Ways to Let Go and Move On with Your Life:

1. Accept the truth and be grateful.

To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and helped you learn and grow. It’s the acceptance of everything you have, everything you once had, and the possibilities that lie ahead. It’s all about finding the strength to embrace life’s changes, to trust your intuition, to learn as you go, to realize that every experience has value, and to continue taking positive steps forward.

2. Distance yourself for a while.

Sometimes you need to take several steps back in order to gain clarity on a situation. The best way to do this is to simply take a break and explore something else for a while. Why? So you can return to where you started and see things with a new set of eyes.

3. Focus only on what can be changed.

Realize that not everything in life is meant to be modified or perfectly understood. Live, let go, learn what you can and don’t waste energy worrying about the things you can’t change. Focus exclusively on what you can change, and if you can’t change something you don’t like, change the way you think about it.

4. Claim ownership and full control of your life.

No one else is responsible for you. You are in full control of your life so long as you claim it and own it. If you want to change, if you want to let go and move on with your life, you’re the only person who can make it happen.

5. Focus inward.

It’s important to make a difference in the world. Yes, it’s important to help people, but you have to start with yourself. If you’re looking outside yourself to find where you fit in or how you can create an impact, stop and look inside yourself instead. Review who you already are, the lifestyle you’re currently living, and focus on what makes you feel alive.

6. Choose the people around you.

Some people come into your life just to strengthen you, so you can move on without them. They are supposed to be part of your memory, not your destiny. The bottom line is that when you have to start compromising your happiness and your potential for the people around you, it’s time to change them. It’s time to join local meet-ups, attend conferences, network online, and find a more supportive tribe.

7. Take a chance.

When life sets you up with a challenge, there’s a reason for it; it’s meant to test your courage and willingness to make a change and take a chance on something new. There’s no point in denying that things are different now, or being fearful of the next step. The challenge will not wait even if you hesitate. Life only moves in one direction – forward. This challenge is your chance to let go of the old and make way for the new. Your destiny awaits your decision.

8. Focus on today.

You can decide right now that negative experiences from your past will not predict your future. Figure out what the next positive step is, no matter how small or difficult, and take it. Ultimately, the only thing you can ever really do is to keep moving forward. Take that leap without hesitation, without looking back.

(Thank you, Marc and Angel!)

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