To get to the next level, something has to die
Moving forward, in any kind of way, is simultaneously empowering and agonizing.
Because on one hand, we get to step into a newfound vision of the future that is ours to write. But on the other hand, we have to let go of some things that have previously helped us. We have to release our grip on the past and open our hands to receive the new.
As my favorite entertainment manager loves to tell his clients:
To get to the next level, something has to die.
Which sounds morbid and scary and dramatic. But that’s exactly why humans fear change and transition. It’s a form of death. Of something, of someone.
The challenge is, how are we supposed to know what needs to die? Here’s a helpful question that’s worth asking over and over.
What is my soul telling my body that it is time to release?
Perhaps it’s an old idea about what happiness is. Perhaps it’s a former identity story that no longer serves you. Perhaps it’s an outdated belief about how the world should work. Perhaps it’s an old set of expectations about what you think you deserve.
The point is, each of those examples come from my own life experience. They’re all things that I have been learning to let go of. But although it’s a hard battle, it’s one worth fighting every time.
Levine’s revolutionary program on addiction recovery has a beautiful way of summarizing this very issue.
Acknowledge that this is the way it is, and that although you want to things to be different, learn to let go of that aversion and allow things be the way they are.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What would change if you believed you had all that you needed?
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