March 8, 2013

Letting Go to Achieve More

Last week, Dr. Mark Hyman wrote a fantastic article about “letting go” that was published in the Huffington Post.  There is something for everyone to take away here.  Whether you are setting goals to maintain your addiction recovery or you are simply working toward a life with less stress, Dr. Hyman’s suggestions about letting go of the pressure to “do it all,” will help you develop a healthy attitude about achieving your goals. Take a moment to read his article and see what you think. Hyman recommends “giving up your goals” in order to attain them. It’s not exactly what it sounds like, as the article goes on to explain, but the often crippling urge to micromanage our own lives and control what is beyond our control, can sabotage our progress as individuals. Here is a taste of the article:

“Our culture is awash with endless pressure to do more, do better, be skinnier, be richer, be happier, be fitter, and be healthier. We are offered endless lists of what do to, how to achieve more, reach our dreams, lose weight, attain the five steps to immortality, find the seven ways to stop wrinkles, or how to lose 100 pounds in 10 days. Unfortunately, this leads to inevitable disappointment because we can never reach our goals. And once we do reach some desired result, there will be another goal that will grab our attention. It is hard to do, but I have found that if you give up your goals, magic happens….In the striving, failure is almost guaranteed. There is a strange paradox at work in the universe. Understanding that is a powerful key to wellness and happiness. You can only reach your goals by giving them up….But the trap is getting stuck on believing that what you seek in the future will make you happy. If you focus on that “never-to-come” future, you will miss the magic of right now….So, in a way, the methods I employ to achieve my goals are quite simple. I have them, I set them, but then I let them go and just do the next thing, showing up as fully as I can with who I am, wherever I am and in whatever I am doing.”

 

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