Letting Go Or Giving Up, Can You Tell The Difference?

How To Remain Happily In Charge Of Your Life

With all the demands, distractions and disappointments we are bombarded with in life, sometimes it’s hard to recognize if we are letting go or giving up.   Some have even confused letting go with giving up, but I have a very different take on the subject.  If you’re like most, you’ve probably heard or said these statements yourself.  “Girl, let that stuff go!” or “Give it up, because at the rate you’re going it will never happen!”   Both statements have merit but again, they are not the same.  Letting go of something liberates, while giving up oftentimes enslaves. 

Peace Over Stress

 Here’s how to recognize the subtle yet profound differences between the two.

  1. Have weighed your options, and done all you know to do
  2. Not fearful of what other’s may think or that you’re losing out on something
  3. At peace with the desire just as it is–as a vision, an idea, a person, or a tangible thing yet to be formed, but within the creation process.
  4. Open to and excited about the endless ways your desire can become a physical reality in your life

If you are in agreement with 1-4, then you are letting go with purpose. You have freed yourself from worry, guilt, shame and blame, and opened the door to something better–to that new and improved next exciting chapter of your life!  On the other hand, When you have done the complete opposite of the actions listed above, then you are actually giving up on experiencing that which you truly desire. You may have become attached, chain-linked to the use of unproductive or difficult means for acquiring your desire.  By failing to break those chains of fruitless productivity, there’s no telling how long you will be bound to the absence of the thing you desire!  That’s a very unsettling thought! 

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The Difference Is In The Action

Letting go and then going about your merry way does not mean you ignore or never take note of your missteps.  On the contrary, letting go with purpose means you get completely honest with whatever part you played in the misstep. Forgive yourself and then give yourself permission to move on with experiencing better things.  In essence, you break, cut away any difficult chain of events that can add more delaying links to your desire creation process.  By breaking or cutting all unproductive links, you can avoid a desire hindering chain reaction!

On the surface, letting go seems like a difficult task while giving up seems like an easy one.  But the idea of either action being difficult or easy is flawed.  Lets say that purposeful letting go is you opening the door and setting yourself free to indulge unlimited  possibilities.  You have faith that the substance which creates worlds, can create this desire for you. Taking these steps means you foresee the eventual attainment of your desire.  You become more hopeful and have high expectations of your desires coming to fruition. There’s no quitting when you undergo the process in this way.  You are inspired, vested in the belief of your desire being attainable.

What if you give up out of frustration, anger or disbelief?  Well, that would be similar  to you shutting the door, and locking yourself away from your desire.  You then proceed to rehash painful memories, blame others, make excuses and feel regretful. You attach all this negativity to your desire.  And because you have, more than likely you believe your desire will always allude you.  This in turn, generates even more doubt.  Eventually, you’ll hold no expectations of your desire ever coming to fruition.  In actuality, you have not given up since you have chosen to continue in this vain. You  are determined to hold the belief of your desire being unattainable.

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Remember, freedom is always an option.  It’s the best one in my book!  Let go, then you’ll never have to give up! ~ Yvonne L. Jones

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