Choosing to Let Go

Shift Work: Choosing to Let Go vs Giving Things Up

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. For years, my morning wake up drink was Diet Pepsi.

It was also my mid-morning, afternoon, and after dinner wake up too. The truth: I was addicted to the stuff.

After several failed attempts to break free from my diet soda addiction, I finally went cold-cold turkey after I made my mind and chose to let go of my addiction.

Choosing to Let Go vs Giving Things Up: A practical example.

The story behind me choosing to let go of my Pepsi Diet habit started when I realized how hooked I was. Making a list of those ugly things and consequences surrounding my addiction helped me to gather all the strength I needed to face my cold turkey moment:

  • I hated “needing” to have one. At one point I was drinking up to six 12 oz cans a day. Some days it was even more. And when I stopped drinking it, I would get headaches and become irritable and sluggish.
  • It was hurting me more than it was helping. The slight energy boost I was getting from the caffeine was not worth what the stuff was doing to my body. A few years ago, I had a filling fall out. The dentist told me that it was the diet soda I was drinking. In addition to rotting your teeth, diet soda contributes to obesity, chronic fatigue, kidney problems, and heart problems.
  • The financial repercussions. So maybe the soda itself was only costing a few hundred dollars a year. But add in the doctor and dentist bills among other specialists, and the costs began to grow.
  • I want to feel better. When I turned 40 last year, my body started letting me know exactly how it felt about my lack of exercise and poor eating habits. I’d rather take control now by improving my diet so I can avoid having my body controlled by medicine later.

How did I do it?

After failing twice, I was able to successfully stop drinking Diet Pepsi once I made a shift in my thinking: I was not giving something up, I was choosing to let something go.

Giving something up implies that we are making a sacrifice. It implies that we are surrendering. I am not sacrificing Diet Pepsi and I am not surrendering to it either. What I was choosing to do was letting go of something that was harming me, something that doesn’t serve me or my purpose. That’s the big difference between choosing to let go vs giving things up.

As I look forward to 2020, there are a few other things on my list that I am choosing to let go of. I’ve got a vision for the Trailblazers I want to serve through the Mastermind Group we are launching. And I can’t do the things I need to do if I hold onto the things that are weighing me down.

What about you? What will you choose to let go of so you can step deeper into your purpose?

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  • Stephanie LH Calahan says:

    Congratulations on letting things go that are harming you!! Woot!! I let go of soda/pop/cola a number of years ago. (Along with a lot of other things.) Keep up the great work.

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