Letting go usually isn’t easy, and for this reason many of us hold on to things much longer than may be in our best interest. Most people don’t like to quit – unless they are quitting something harmful like smoking – or more specifically, feel like quitters. So how do you know if you are quitting (perhaps seen as failure) or letting go (perhaps seen as moving on)?
I recently made the decision to stop running an annual event that I really felt was a positive and inspiring event. I’d been running this event for three years and the feedback from participants was always very positive. The only problem was it wasn’t a profitable venture from my perspective. I spent too much time and energy on the event in comparison to the payback for me. Now I know this sounds a little mercenary but in the big scheme of things, I have to make a living. So in the end, I struggled with the decision, which I knew was the right one, but it was hard to let go. It was hard to “quit”. However, now that I have let go of this event, it has left space in my schedule, in my mind, in my stress level, and in my spirit.
I realized that the game changes with every move we make. Our moves or choices completely affect the outcome of the game – they move it in this direction or that direction. You can’t know how the game would have played out if you had made a different move, because that different move would have completely changed the game.
I’m glad I made a different move and I’m looking forward to seeing how the game will play out. I’m looking forward to seeing what will fill the space I’ve created by letting go of an unprofitable venture and moving on.