Mastering the Art of Letting Go

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life. ~ Anonymous

One extremely challenging part of creating a Fresh Start is mastering the art of letting go.The challenge is to recognize or understand what we are hanging onto and most people don’t take time to get clarity about it. It SEEMS easier to hang onto the familiar than facing the uncertainty of letting go. And so we stay “stuck” in unworkable careers, relationships, and bad habits.

In our experience, what people generally hang onto is a dream or an ideal that either never existed or which has gone out of existence. Or else they are reluctant to give up being comfortable to take a risk that might lead to failure.

A friend recently found herself caught in such a maze at work. Perhaps you’ve heard similar stories – or lived them.

After years of glowing reviews and positive feedback from customers, she suddenly started getting feedback that her work wasn’t up to par. She spent months doing everything she could to make changes to get her “groove” back at work. Nothing she did helped.

This was a frustrating, sad, and confusing time for her. She loves the company and she loves her work. She loved the people she worked with and the people she served. She learned a lot and grew in her career.  She loved that. So she kept trying tp win her boss’s – and nothing she did worked.

Through coaching she realized that what’s happening isn’t about her and that no matter how hard she tries to twist herself around to fit her boss’s expectations, it is never going to be enough. She realizes she has to let go and move on.

Working through the process of letting go won’t necessarily feel good – unless or until you create a new compelling new vision and bring it to life. That’s what my friend is doing. She is inventing the possibility of a fresh start – visualizing her perfect NEW career. She is visualizing how it will FEEL to make the salary she wants in a career where she has an opportunity to take her skills to an even higher level and be APPRECIATED for her contribution.

That excites her. And delights her. And inspires her into taking action. She KNOWS in her heart that a great new career is coming toward her as she takes action to move toward it. And with each action, her grip loosens on the past as she reaches toward her new vision of the future.

How long do you think it will take her to design an inspired Encore Career?


Are you facing a situation in your job where you see the end is coming? Schedule your complimentary “get acquainted” coaching session! Get started exploring ideas for your Encore Career today by calling Coach Sue at 949-212-4345 today!