I have always loved the wisdom of Disney films. Birthed from great stories and great minds, it makes perfect sense that their lessons would resonate so deeply. But like most lessons, we learn them only when we see the immediate relevance to our lives.
Today I have Frozen’s Let it Go stuck in my head. Except I can’t remember any of the other words. (‘I don’t care… something, something, something…’). Basically it is about turning your life around just by letting go. And, oh now is the time to do that!
In recent conversations with people, goals for 2015 are big on the agenda. Everyone wants to discuss them and I sure as heck want to hear them! I have seen lists as long as my arm filled with intended achievements for the year, some tremendous and some little wins that are in fact a big deal.
But with all these goals taking up mental space and physical energy, it may be important to think about what it is you intend to release or let go this year. Some of these releases take place naturally as you ‘crowd out’ with good stuff. Others we need to consciously decide to let go.
What are you ready to let go of this year and forever? What will that mean for your life? How will it support you achieving your goals? Brainstorm.
Whilst we have as much time and space as we think we do, I certainly cannot resist the ‘aaaaah’ relief of creating more time and space for the good stuff. Let’s look at what you can let go of in the physical, mental and emotional realms of our world.
Let go of practices. (Apologising for nothing: DELETE).
Let go of stuff. (Costumes from when I was a teenager: DELETE).
Let go of thoughts. (Good friends are hard to come by: DELETE).
Let go of emotions. (Anger at ex-boyfriend: DELETE).
Let go of an identity. (I am a shy hermit introvert: DELETE)
Isn’t it interesting how much we hold onto? It is even more interesting to reflect on why we hold onto such things for so long.
Letting go is miraculous. Just by choosing what you are releasing, you identify all the other areas of your life that will turn around as a result.
For example, if you choose to let go of eating take-away or fast food, check out what can happen.
Or what about letting go of procrastination? That has amazing effects on your mental clarity and understanding of what you do and why you do it.
Here is a (in my opinion) fun activity to get you to understand the balance between having more and letting go. Write down a goal you have in mind for 2015 and then note what you can let go of to support you getting that goal.
Goal: Run a marathon
To let go: Shame of running in public to get myself fit.
Goal: Get a promotion or raise at my work.
To let go: Animosity towards my boss.
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So how do you actually let go?
- Affirmations and self-talk. ‘I’m done with that.’
- Visualisation: Imagine you are rolling up that feeling or belief into a little ball and rolling it away. Or that you are dropping it off a cliff where it flies away and turns into something beautiful in the universe. Even writing it down and crossing it out can be a great start.
If you are struggling to release something you can also send me a line for some more ideas.
Share in the comments what it is you will let go of in 2015 and forever in order to create space for the wonderful. And if you let go of something in the past, tell us, how did it feel and how did it change your life?
Wishing you lightness and lovin’.