When we attempt to grow and tackle new challenges, we often believe in the notion that there is something in front of us, preventing us from doing or achieving what we want to do.
Moving forward, trying something new, doing something different means that there will be change in our life, change in our actions and change in the outcomes.
As humans, it is inherent that we are hesitant about change.
Change implies leaving the comfort and safety of familiarity. Even if in our current position we experience discomfort and pain, and the change alludes to the alleviation of that discomfort or pain. We still shy away from it, as change comes with no reassurance or guarantees.
The question we need to ask is, what is holding us back from achieving our goals or even starting them or moving towards them?
It is something from behind, not in front of us. Something isn’t pushing us back. It is holding us back.
Or are we holding onto it?
We are holding onto that self-doubt, that notion that we’re not good enough, we don’t have the right skills, we don’t have enough time, others are already doing it better.
We hold onto all this because it is safe.
We put our baggage in front of us to create the hurdle, the dead-end, the reason why we simply can’t – because then it is out of our control.
Embrace the freedom in letting go
Once we let go, once we cut ties, as soon as we loosen the grip with that thing that is holding us back, we will propel forward.
Our security blanket of self-doubt and worry will always be there, just an arms length away if we need them again. But once we embrace the freedom in letting go we realise that first step wasn’t as daunting as our fears were telling us.
The more steps we take the easier it becomes, as our impossible gradually becomes our normal. It is like a walk in the park as we arrive at our new comfort zone, feeling safe with our newfound familiarity.
There are mountains beyond mountains
We will find new securities to hold onto and new comforts we believe we couldn’t live without. Fear and self-doubt will creep back in, as there are always mountains beyond mountains.
By embracing the freedom in letting go, the new challenges and problems we face, along with the new self-doubts and fears, are easier to climb and overcome.
We remember that our last first step, leaving the safety and comfort of familiarity, wasn’t as daunting as we initially thought. All of our future first steps are made easier by every first step we make.
Embrace the freedom of letting go, and let go often: Live immediately.