6 Unproductive Things to Let Go of to Create Space for New

We all have things to let go of, be it unproductive habits, negative traits, or patterns that do not serve us any longer. It’s hard to let go when we are conditioned to cling to as much as we can. 

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, we can get more out of life by simply letting go of more. 

How can letting go create space for growth?

The current age of consumerism is all about acquiring, but it can affect our mental health adversely. Wherever we look, there is the temptation to take on more and more. Hoarding unnecessary things can lead to stagnation. We need to know how to let go: when we do that, we create space not only to breathe but to accept the things that truly bring more useful growth into our lives. 

Things to let go of can be habits that distract us, or patterns that stop us from growing. Yet, we may have convinced ourselves we need them, like purposeless entertainment, toxic friendships, or commitments that have gone stale. 

Things to let go of: 6 habits that prevent happiness and growth

What are the things to let go of in your life? You need to let go of the goals that no longer serve you. Let go of the people who hold us back or pull us away from our highest ideals. Relinquish possessions that take too much of our time or focus, or cause worry and don’t contribute to our peace of mind or well-being. 

Here are 6 things to let go of to help you become the best version of yourself:

  1. Perfectionism – How many dreams are waiting or dying inside of you because you are waiting for the perfect time or because you don’t want to put it out into the world because it doesn’t have all of the ‘perfect pieces’ even though we know perfect doesn’t exist.
  2. Comparison – Nothing beneficial comes from comparing. Everyone has a “hard,” so the only person you need to compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.
  3. Toxic relationships – Let go of the people in your life that don’t serve you, the people you give so much effort and energy to that don’t give it back. Let people show you who they really are, and believe them.
  4. Negative self-talk – Ask yourself: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it kind?
  5. Unused things – what can you get rid of that you no longer use? Maybe it’s clothes in your closet or books in your office. When we start getting rid of some of the things, the energy shifts and opens up, and we invite new energy back into our lives.
  6. Judgment – let go of judgment of yourself and of other people. It is not our job to judge people in this world. We have no idea what other people are going through in their lives. If we lead with kindness and love, the world would be a much better place.

Make space for new opportunities for growth: Things to let go of 

Today is the best day to bring positive change in your life. Why are we putting things off when we know they are meant for us today? We often hold on to the emotion of what used to be, instead of focusing on the potential of what could have been, if we had thought about letting go of these unproductive traits sooner.

Consider what are the next four things that you can add to this list that you need to get rid of in your personal life, and how to let go of self-limiting beliefs that don’t serve you any longer. Resolve to be firm yet gentle while letting go. The language we use and the things that we say make an impact.

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