Can you relate to the choice-point of needing to let go of what you have, in order to move forward and get more of what you want?
This was a theme in Winning Strategies yesterday that ran through seemingly unrelated situations in Member’s businesses. The common thread was the need to be laser-focused and clear about what you want, in order to discern what is no longer serving you and let it go, to move on to bigger and better things.
It showed up in multiple ways, including the challenges of getting good at delegating and letting go of tasks that could be done by someone else, being able to discern the best 1 or 2 projects to work on and letting the others go, and also in the challenges of selling a business that had provided a certain identity for the owner for many years.
In this last example, the Member was aware that he had some emotional attachment to the business, the venue and the identity that it had afforded him that could be affecting his ability to successfully close that chapter of his life.
I have experienced first-hand how easy it can be to identify ourselves with the things we have and the things we do, but ultimately who we are is what’s left in the absence of those things.
With the uncertainty that comes with the current limitations on movement between states and in some cases, between suburbs, comes the challenge of letting go of many habits and comforts we are attached to, and the opportunity to embrace new prospects.
The key is in coming to terms with who we would be without the business, project, partner, house, car way of doing things – or rather who we could be without it.
If you’re faced with a challenge that involves embracing change and letting go of some old ways, the following question is a great way to move your focus past the challenge of letting go and into the vision of what’s to come: Who could I be without this _____?