Written by Carissa Abazia

It’s tradition to conduct a self-improvement ritual at the end of each year. This ritual, more commonly known as our New Year’s resolutions, is a list of what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year and beyond. However, more often than not, and despite the best of intentions, our resolutions do not stick and our aspirations often fall to the waste-side.

Has this happened to you? Have you slipped, not necessarily achieving all of your self-improvement goals?

This idea of looming failure got me thinking. Instead of creating a list of our ambitions and resolutions, how about a list of the things that typically hold us back from reaching our self-improvement goals.

This year, I challenge you to embrace a resolution evolution.  Rather than writing down all the things you want to accomplish, write down all the things you want to let go. Why? A list of resolutions is what we want to add to our lives – more goals, more activities, more everything – which is essentially a very large “to do” list. It’s overwhelming and more often than not, leaves room for failure.

Below is my Let-Go List.  I’ll be curious to see how it compares to yours.

  1. Always needing a plan

  2. Fear of failure

  3. Mindset that things need to happen now

  4. Not acknowledging my accomplishments

  5. Activities that don’t add value to my life

  6. Physical items I don’t need

  7. Self-doubt

  8. The big wall that closes myself off

  9. Time-wasting habits

  10. Too much phone time (i.e. texting and social media)

I have shared my top 10 things to let go of. Do any of them ring a bell? What are your top habits and patterns of behavior that you would like to eliminate in 2019?  My hope is that letting go of these barriers will allow for more fulfilling personal growth in the New Year. I wish the same for you.

Thanks for reading!

Carissa Abazia