Let Go …

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying, when there seemed to be no hope at all – Dale Carnegie

The year has started with a lot of focus on resolutions, goal setting and ‘wants’ for the year ahead.

Each one of us want to improve the conditions we live in, our environment and make a healthier, happier home.

Some of those focussed goals, you have been visualising, may now be at a point where you are thinking – these really are not realistic or you may be losing the enthusiasm, which enabled them to be put on paper in the first place.

Have you ever wondered why not all of our goals get translated to outcomes?

  • Is it because the world or situations are against you?
  • Or that you just don’t have the time to ensure they happen?
  • Or that priorities have taken place which mean they need more focus?

Think back …

In order to succeed:

  • You need positive focus and intent
  • You need enthusiasm, will and attitude to carry actions forward
  • You need supporters – family, friends and peers to open doors of opportunity for you
  • You need relentless effort to create positive outcomes from just visualising ‘the what it will be’
  • You need to be willing to learn

Which takes me to the point of letting go and learning.

There is a link here and that is in order to progress in life, there is a journey you travel where you will be learning about yourself, others and situations. You will be gaining knowledge from application. You will need time to reflect and evaluate yourself, your style, your work, in order to progress forward.

And in order to apply theory to practice; you will be assessing what works and what doesn’t i.e. application.

This shapes your actions and emerging plans – as plans are not fixed. They change and so do you. How you engage with individuals and whom …

So, in order to learn, you need some time to UN-LEARN. Traits, styles, knowledge that are not working to create the best environment for you, and supportive of the people you meet – to liberate yourself from ‘theory baggage’ and emerge lighter, free-thinking and more open to opportunities. To really silence the noise around you.

Is it time to let go? It isn’t long before you get weighed with slow progress. In business, you can’t afford to drag situations, that are holding you back.

Emerge more knowledgeable from what you have tried. Letting go is sometimes the hardest thing to do; but once done, so much more effective.

Leadership requires for you to be supportive of you, your strengths and enabling.
Careers expect you to learn technical and soft aspects of your role; unlearn the things not applicable or not working, as you move on; and learn more as you progress.

Do we keep a list of what doesn’t work and how you are to rectify the situation?
This can be a powerful resource, when you look back at how many times you have tried, unlearnt and learnt new ways of working. And how you have emerged, with applying what’s written, into practice.

I leave this reflective post with this quote:

The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody’s word about them – Henry Bolingbroke

How we accept change, work with change and emerge from change, relates to how we progress ourselves and how we un-learn aspects that don’t work – this is continuous, adaptive learning.


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