If you don’t let go of the side of the pool you’ll never learn to swim. If you don’t put down all the packages you are carrying, you cannot pick up anything new. Letting go is the hardest part of change. It is also the most liberating.
Letting go is freeing
I just forwarded the website that carries my name to my blog. That means that caralumen.com no longer exists. It is forwardedto my blog www.passionatelyonpurpose.com. All my work, all my years as a content development coach are no longer there. It’s like erasing yourself, removing a major record of your past. I’m moving on and I had to let go. My work is on my blog and it has been established there for some time.
Let go when you can no longer fix or support the past
My web site was in DreamWeaver. My blog is in WordPress. WordPress is more flexible, more agile, more current and easier for me to work. And I love to blog. My original web presence no longer represents who I am or where I am going. It is so much easier to let it go and start fresh. I took down books I’ve written over the years that probably no longer represent what I think. What I offer now is relevant to my current work.
Letting go opens new possibilities
The feeling of letting go of this web site is like suddenly dropping a heavy burden. I don’t have time to go fix the old site or tweak it or update it. I now spend my time on moving my blog forward. I can totally focus on developing a new cycle with a slightly difference offering. The path ahead is open and full of possibilities.
Letting go means, you are moving on at last
It soooo hurts to let go of my past identity. I’ve been redefining myself since I moved into semi-retirement. If I am no longer what my work is, who am I? What is my new work? What is my new focus? How can I continue to feel relevant and useful? The repositioning I am now doing on my blog will allow me to explore new venues and offer new services.
The decision to let go happens in an instant
When it’s time to let go it feels like releasing the string of a helium balloon, it is done in seconds. My prompt was when I signed up for a master blogging class. I knew that people I didn’t know would be looking at my site. I knew I had to forward my old site. Within a half hour it was done. I worked for the next three days writing a new landing page that defines my current purpose. I reformatted all thepages on my blog. I discarded pages and product. I learned to use WordPress more effectively. The decision was made easily. The execution took focused time. But the freedom is very worth it.)
Your vision of the future improves
Once you let go of something, once you are free of the back and forth considerations of when and how and if to let go, you are free to focus on the path ahead. You are free to tune into the rising energy of the day and let it take you where it will. A load is lifted. You can stand tall. You can walk freely. A new adventure begins because you have finally let go.
Small or large – just let something go.
I noticed how hard this was because it felt so big. It was something I considered two years ago but was not ready to do. Honor your own timing but let go of something. Change your focus and look in the direction you want to go next. Take with you only what you need to reach that destination. Leave the rest behind. It is the voice of your past. Live in the present.