LRS 025: How to Let Go and Forgive to Liberate Yourself 48

How to Let Go and Forgive to Liberate Yourself - The Let's Reach Success Podcast

Welcome to the Let’s Reach Success Podcast, episode 25. Today, you’ll learn how to let go and forgive so it’s going to be a very peaceful and even liberating episode, an easy one to listen to.

Forgiveness and letting go are simple processes that happen on the inside, but once they do, we’re free to find happiness in the present moment, without changing anything on the outside.

I’ll talk about the art of letting go and forgiving separately, and will give tips on how to do it too.

On Letting Go

Letting go means going with the flow, leaving things from the past in the past, eliminating needs and desires, fears and doubts, accepting and being okay with ourselves and our present situation.

Letting go is a therapy, an example of wisdom, a gracious way to live life to the fullest and to be free of attachment and the burdens it carries.

When you let go of what was and what will be, of what you want things to be like and of how others expect you to behave, of the negative thoughts, control and security, you meet the beauty and freedom of life for the very first time. Only those who let go of these demons and illusions we live with, realize that they haven’t actually lived before.

The process is simple, but not that easy. It takes some willpower and persistence because you need to break free from the comfort you’ve been living in and embrace the contentment and bliss.

But first you need to know more about letting go, to understand how it works and what the ways to do it are.

On Forgiveness

There are so many things on our mind in each moment. Most of them, however, are just not necessary and are ruining our present moment.

We need to realize, for instance, that we can’t control the world and change it so that it can be the way we like it. We shouldn’t be angry with the past, but let go of what has happened and make peace with it. We often think we’ve done horrible things and deserve to be punished. But the biggest punishment is the guilt we live in. We forget that others have done much worse, and whatever it is that has happened, can’t be changed.

Then comes forgiveness – the ultimate salvation.

To know how to let go and forgive, is to be able to liberate ourselves from the past, fears and insecurity.

It’s the solution to all of the above. We should forgive ourselves for everything we’ve done that we don’t like, and forgive others too.

Forgiveness is a universal language and has so many benefits.

It helps you reach emotional and spiritual freedom and live a happy life. It helps others because you let them continue their life in peace and let things from the past stay there. It’s great for the world in general because it’s an element of compassion.

Forgiveness also helps us let go of guilt.

Guilt is something so many of us struggle with these days. And it’s the way we punish ourselves for what we think we did wrong. But it’s not necessary. You can easily leave it behind and move on.

You do all that by learning how to let go and forgive. And that’s what this episode of the show is all about.

Show Notes:

  • What is letting go and what happens once you start doing it [0:54]
  • How not letting go leads to suffering (+ an example of how we live in the past) [1:56]
  • Holding on is harder than letting go [4:09]
  • How to let go and be present [4:48]
  • What makes forgiveness the ultimate salvation [7:21]
  • How to forgive yourself and everyone else [8:08]
  • How not to be angry with the past (+ a new approach to failures in life) [8:25]
  • What happens when you forgive [9:12]
  • Dealing with guilt [9:35]
  • How to find something worthy inside you [10:20]


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Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You) 24

Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You)

If you want to perform at a high level – whether in tennis, chess or at work – you either have to study how the masters in that field train and operate, or you need to be so stupendously talented that nobody is in a position to give you any advice at all.

For most of us, the latter doesn’t apply, so getting better is partly a question of emulating what we see those we admire doing. At the C level in top companies, this obviously includes things like actively networking, knowing as much as possible about your industry and training your subordinates.

A less visible habit is becoming more popular among top executives, though: meditation. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why some business superstars consider this a vital part of their daily routine:

Rebooting a Negative Mindset

When you have to deal with dozens of issues each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some successes and some failures.

The problem arises when our responses to setbacks start bleeding over into other matters. Meditation helps us to dispassionately examine our negative thoughts and get back on an even keel before the next meeting.

Most of us will have experienced days where we hit an upsetting snag first thing in the morning, after which nothing we try seems to go right. Rationally speaking, this can’t be because your horoscope says that your day will suck or accidents come in threes: the most likely explanation is simply that suffering a reverse conditions us to act in a way that doesn’t lead to success.

Remaining Objective

Although we’d like to deny it, our “rational” decisions are shaped at least as much by our emotions as by the relevant facts. This becomes even more true when we’re under pressure; anyone interested in how this works will find plenty of examples in Ben Horowitz’s book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.”

Simply put, when our emotions are engaged, we become less able to find creative solutions to problems, see the wood for the trees and tell our needs from our wants.

Meditating, even if only briefly, helps us separate fact from perception and feeling from thought, leading to better judgment and more a consistent management style.

Releasing Stress

Although closely related to the previous points, the negative impact of persistent stress on our health makes it worthwhile discussing this separately.

The roots of stress are many: frustration, anger, disappointment, anxiety. These feelings can’t really be avoided in a management position, so many executives turn to a therapist or therapy, exercise or uninterrupted time with their family for release.

These approaches are all effective, but meditation has the advantage that doing it regularly trains our minds to enter a “centered” state within a very short time of closing our eyes and stilling our thoughts.

Once the habit has been established, whenever things get to the point where our palms are sweaty and we feel the need to yell at the wallpaper, we need only take two or five minutes to get back to the “real” us. This ability is simply invaluable for anyone who has to be at their best all the time, which means that it’s great news that meditation can be learned by anyone.