Each day is an opportunity to change our lives for the better. Letting go of things is an excellent way to clear out space in your home and life so that you can focus more on what matters most to you. Don’t think this is just about letting go of physical clutter, it’s also essential to let go of negative or limiting behaviors and thoughts so you can earn back your freedom.
Why D0 You Hold On To Things That You Need To Let Go Of?
Holding on to things that cause you misery is really doltish, and yet pretty much everyone and their mama wants to be happy. It’s so hard to let go of memories, thoughts, beliefs, traditions, that bring pain and confusion into your life.
What Will You Let Go Of Today?
The Illusion Of Control
We can control some things, but there are plenty of things we can’t, and it’s important to recognize the difference between the two.
Let go of the things you can’t control and focus your attention on what you can do to improve your life.
The Need For More Things
It’s easy to find yourself wanting more, but owning more things doesn’t necessarily make you happier.
After all, the more things we have, the more work and responsibility we have to care for them. The fewer things we have, the less time and energy we spend on taking care of them, meaning we have more space for important things in our life.
The past can either help you or hurt you. If you dwell on things that have happened in the past, it’s going to do nothing but hurt you.
But if you learn from those things and let them go, then the past can be a valuable experience to help push yourself forward!
Remembering who you are and where you came from is important, but don’t let the past dictate your present or overshadow your future.
Clutter In All It’s Form
Clutter can be physical, mental, digital, or emotional, and it’s often a result of negative thoughts about ourselves, indecision, procrastination, fear, or unresolved issues from the past that culminate in a big pile of stress and overwhelm.
Get rid of things you don’t use, don’t love, or don’t need, and make space for the things that matter most to you.
Bad Money Habits
Do you tend to spend money celebrating when you’re happy or blowing off steam when you’re upset?
Or maybe you keep putting more and more debt on your credit card, but bury your head in the sand and try not to think about how you’re going to pay it off?
It’s time to kiss bad money habits goodbye and say hello to more money in the bank.
Fight bad money habits this year by tackling goals like:
- paying off debt
- tracking your spending
- keeping a budget
- cutting down on emotional spending
- starting a money-making side hustle
Guilt About Letting Go
It can be challenging to let go of things we’ve been holding on to for a long time, even if they no longer serve us or make us happy.
We may feel guilty when we think about getting rid of something given to us or has sentimental value but it’s important to remember that we are not obligated to keep anything we don’t want.
Fight guilt with gratitude and find positive ways to let go of clutter, such as selling it online or donating it to a charitable organization.
Part ways with negative people or drain you of your time and energy.
The longer you’ve known the person and the closer you are or were, the harder it can be to say goodbye, but it’s time to cut the cord.
You don’t need that kind of negativity because it will only hold you back from reaching your goals and enjoying life.
Instead, fill your time with positive people who support and encourage you and nurture those relationships.
Worry About What Others Think About You
Allowing someone else to direct your life or behaviors can only hold you back.
Humans are social creatures, and we have a natural desire to be accepted and loved by others, so we often change ourselves to fit into their mold.
You have to live with the decisions you make, and they don’t, so don’t allow your mom or Uncle Jimmy or that girl from high school that you’re Facebook friends with dictate what you do with your life!
Trying to do things perfectly every time can often lead to anxiety and a feeling of not being good enough.
Perfectionism can also lead to procrastination, as you’ll spend more time worrying about failure or trying to make sure everything is perfect than actually completing the thing you’re trying to do.
Of course, you want to do your best, but it’s not always realistic that everything in your life will turn out exactly as you want it to, so embrace imperfection so you can keep moving forward.
Buying things you don’t need or want just because they’re on sale can often lead to buyer’s remorse.
It’s essential to be mindful of your spending and only buy things that will add value to your life, not things that will take up space and gather dust.
Let go of buyer’s remorse that you have from purchases you regret in the past year and make a commitment to learning how to stop buying stuff you’ll regret this year.
Resentment and grudges will prevent you from growing and progressing in your life.
Most of the time, the person we hold a grudge against isn’t affected by our feelings in the slightest, so the person who ends up holding onto the hurt ends up with the shorter end of the stick.
Don’t let those negative feelings eat away your happiness and mental health!
While you don’t have to forgive someone who hurt you, you can decide to let go of wrath, anger, and hate and choose to move forward and heal instead.
Bottling up your feelings can lead to all sorts of problems, like anxiety, depression, and even physical health issues.
If you’re not in a position to talk about how you feel with the person involved, find someone you trust who will be able to listen without judgment – or even consider therapy!
Too Much Time On Your Smartphone
Would it shock you to hear that the average person spends 5-6 hours on their smartphone each day, not including work-related smartphone usage?
Think about all the things you could do with your life with all those extra hours. You could learn a new language, write a book, get in shape – so many possibilities!
See if you can reduce your smartphone usage and put that time and energy towards other activities and goals that actually make a difference in your life satisfaction.
Final Thoughts On Things To Let Go Of This Year
These are just a few things to let go of in 2023, but they’re essential things that can hold you back from living your best life.
These things are only weighing you down and keeping you from being happy when it comes down to it. So, let go of them and be free – are you ready to get started? Let’s Go!!!!
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