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January 8, 2009

The Year of Letting-Go

As I slowly re enter the world of consulting, blogging and twittering, I find myself in a very different head space compared to a few weeks ago. What’s changed?

For one, the end of the year brings about the annual ‘reframing’ that we all try for size. Some call it a New Year’s resolution. Last year, my wife and I decided on a New Year’s theme of “do 1 less thing”. Notice that our theme is not a goal or a target like ‘run that marathon’. New Year’s goals are futile and rarely materialise.

So what’s my theme for 2009?

I posted this Tweet a day or 2 back about a surf I had …

“Just had my best ever surf. Why? Conditions were far from perfect & I even had a sore shoulder BUT I ‘let-go’ of expectations and took risks”

So there’s my theme for 2009. Yeah I know it’s a re hash of an age-old Improv principle but I’m sticking to it!

\"When on this wave, you know you are not in control\"

So how do I apply this approach of ‘letting go’ in the day2day?

As a starting point, I’m am going to work on letting-go with my kids when parenting. I am going to step back and intervene less … rely not on the typical (usually ignored) ‘verbal command’ and put more effort into non verbal methods like ‘holding space‘.

And … when I next surf I’ll ‘let-go’ of that fear I have always had of hitting the bottom.

Stay tuned for more posts on this in 2009.

How have you applied ‘letting go’ in your practice, life or whatever? Please comment.

Cheers

Geoff

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1 Comment

  1. Dave Pollard January 18, 2009 @ 1:19 am

    Hey Geoff: This is inspired, and totally attuned to my intentions and focus for practice for 2009. What do you say to a podcast on this in the near future, just an unscripted conversation on what this might mean for us, and for others if they did likewise, in 2009?

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