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Things You May Want to Let Go of This Year

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Henry Ellis

Letting go can be terrifying. But it can also be liberating! Instead of countless resolutions this new year that put tons of unrealistic expectations on ourselves, how about we learn to simply let go. Holding on to hurt doesn’t solve anything. Reliving the past over and over again doesn’t change it and yearning for things to be different doesn’t make it so. The key is to accept what is holding you back in life, and then freely choose to let it go.

Here are a few areas of opportunity where we can let go for the upcoming new year and beyond:

  • Fear, and letting it dictate our lives. We will always think and feel that we’re not ready. Everything in life worth going for can be scary. But the best opportunities stretch our limits and force us to grow.
  • Not making time for things that bring us joy. Try making a joy list…maybe it’s spending more time with friends and family, aspects of your work, or serving others in some capacity. By adding more joy to your life, you’re increasing your sense of well-being and happiness.
  • Bad spending habits. Letting go of bad spending habits like not saving any money, not knowing where your money goes, or impulsive purchasing can be daunting. But, instilling new habits like no-spending weekends (or months) and paying yourself first to help save money can be little ways to get you back on track.
  • Toxic relationships. Realizing that you deserve healthy love is the utmost form of self-love.
  • The idea that life is long. It’s not. Therefore, we need to make the most of it and not waste a precious moment. You never know if today is your last, so live like it is.
  • Not being more flexible and making rigid plans. Flexibility begins with changing your mindset first. Your ability to adjust to changes allows you to adapt to new situations easily.
  • Comparing yourself to others. Learn to compete with yourself and not others. Practicing gratitude can help with unlocking the power of contentment. Also, learn to celebrate people and learn from their success to help better yourself, while focusing on your strengths.
  • Being overly self-critical and doubting yourself. Be mindful of your thinking and self-talk and practice self-compassion. Remember your past achievements too and find validation from within.
  • Procrastinating. Do the hardest thing first, which will help you realize that it’s doable. Then tackle the smaller things, which won’t seem as overwhelming.
  • Trying to avoid mistakes. Mistakes suck. They are also unavoidable. But they happen and are the only way we can learn and grow.
  • Blaming others for your troubles. Instead, self-blame and take ownership. Owning your part and re-framing the responsibility is an opportunity to grow and keep things in perspective.
  • Having a sense of entitlement. The world does not owe you without giving anything in return. Treat everyone equally and realize no one deserves special treatment.

So, with this shiny, brand-new year upon us, remember that we must be willing to let go of the life we have so that we can fully embrace the new life that is waiting for us.

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