Coaching Corner: Let it go!
By "Coach" Marilou Butcher Roth
For many months, our grandchildren, particularly the girls, were hooked on watching the movie Frozen. The movie tells a lovely story with its main song “Let It Go,” being belted out by one of its beautiful, perfect princesses. OK, honestly, I cringe now every time I hear that song, having heard it what feels like thousands of times! Eek!!
Putting that overdone song aside, there is tremendous value with the idea of letting go. We all hang onto things, people, the past, etc. -- none of which serves us at all. We tend to hold onto things that we honestly cannot control, try as we might. When we make this valiant attempt, the end result is UNHAPPINESS, which I do not believe any of you wish for. Even the thoughts that come into our brains cannot be controlled -- they do come, positive and negative.
Currently, my agents and I are doing our current book group around “The Joy of Genius” by one of my mentors, Gay Hendricks. There is a considerable amount of air time given to the idea of letting go, throughout the book. Today, I am sharing one of the hands on activities in the book. Here we go:
Get paper and a writing instrument. In your own handwriting, write out each of the following statements, paying attention to your breathing as you do so:
I commit to letting go of trying to change the past.
I commit to letting go of worrying about the future.
I commit to letting go of trying to control other people.
I commit to channeling my precious energy into positive actions I can take now.
If you are looking for something productive to do with your time, might I suggest this exercise...it will serve you far better than watching Frozen!!!