As I looked across the audience at the Happy New You Conference I was speaking at, the faces of the women displayed their full focus on my words. We were joined together for one mission — to bring back our joy!
Several continually nodded their heads in agreement, eyes welled at some points, while bursts of laughter sounded soon after. An occasional, “That’s right,” or “Amen,” echoed from their seats back to me. The air felt intimate, though we were gathered in a large group.
As a speaker of several years, you know when something you say makes a deep connection with your audience. I knew I’d hit something especially meaningful when I shared the power of making my Let Go List. It was confirmed by the women who wanted to talk to me after I left the stage.
One of the things I’ve discovered is an empty cup has nothing to pour into others. But conversely, a cup full of unhealthy things overflows with messy consequences.
As I told the women that day, “We all splatter onto other people, the question is, what are we splattering? Joy or misery? Because one thing I’m sure of, we were not created to pitch a tent and splatter our negativity all around Camp Misery. We were made for more!”
So what is this Let Go List I shared that day? It’s a detailed outline of things you decide to let go of — simple as that.
When we seriously make up our minds to consciously do something, our subconscious will carry it out. And because I also know that we cannot think two polar opposite thoughts simultaneously, I understand the power of intentional focus on what is true, pure, good, noble, lovely, right, and honorable, as well as how a postive effort can off-set the emotional lies we tell ourselves.
Because I believe in being real, raw, and relevant when I speak, the day of the conference, I shared some of the areas that I’ve committed to releasing. These are specific things I’ve struggled with, some for years. But I can tell you, when you make a decision to let go, the results are swift and amazing.
So what is on my Let Go List? Here’s a good sampling:
- Petty Jealousy
- Doing Things My Own Way
Any of this smell familar to you? There’s no room for good things and positive people if my life cup is filled with sour, negative, and rotten gunk. The kind that sticks to the sides of your soul and splatters its toxic mess onto others. So I’m letting go.
Maybe you can relate the way the women I shared this concept with originally did.
Do you need to write a Let Go List? If so, what needs to go on yours?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Brooks, CPT, CLTF, CCS, motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert. She shares hope and encouragement on the stage and from the page — reminding 21st century audiences, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.”
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