How many times have you been told to “hang in there” until things get better?
It seems we are constantly being told that quitting or giving up is only for losers and if we can just hold on a little bit longer, we will achieve all of our dreams.
So maybe it’s true.
Maybe letting go is a form of giving up. Maybe it really is the ‘holding on’ part that separates those who get to live the life of their dreams from the rest of us who just stumbling along holding our coffee cups.
There’s a time to hang on and there’s a time to let go
But what if all of the obstacles in our way aren’t just a test of our determination?
What if it’s the universe’s way of telling us that we’re on the wrong path?
When does try and try again turn into you’re-going-the-wrong-way-stupid?
How exactly are we supposed to know when we should be hanging on, and when we should be letting go? It’s not an easy question to answer but in my own experience I’ve discovered there’s a big difference between having the perseverance to get a project done, and beating the proverbial “dead horse” when something doesn’t get the reaction you were hoping for.
In other words, having the self-discipline to sit down and finish your book, your painting, or your blog post is one thing — Trying to make it a “success” is something else.
Whatever you create will either click with your audience or it won’t.
You can’t force them to like it any more than they do. If they end up liking it great, enjoy the moment. But if they don’t like it for whatever reason, you can’t be afraid to let it go and move on to the next thing.
“Let go or be dragged.” ~Zen proverb