I’ve been a powerful river of energy the past few weeks. I’m talking Three Gorges Dam power meets the width and power of the Amazon kind of river. People who saw me just 6 weeks ago just keep remarking how happy I look.
And then they ask what I did.
I gave up.
That’s it. That’s the secret to my happiness.
I gave up one big dream. I woke up one day and realized that the dream was holding me back instead of moving me forward.
And just like that, I released it back in to the universe, like a fisherman might release a fish back in to the water.
When I gave up that dream and realized how amazing it felt, I gave up another one.
For every dream released, I performed a dream release ceremony. The ceremony allowed me to release the emotions attached to that particular dream. Since the mind was still wrestling with what my soul, heart, and gut already knew, the ceremony was a final step for dream closure.
So I ask, what dreams have you given up?
What are you holding on to that isn’t serving you anymore?
If you played with the idea of giving up that dream, how does your body react? Do you notice a shift in energy? Hesitation? Fear? Desire?
What would it take for you to release that dream for good? Do you need to make closure with someone or something? Meditate? Maybe just decide and move forward?
P.S. Since you are like me, you are probably wondering what that big dream was that I gave up. You made it this far, so I’ll share it with you. It is also a great business lesson.
The first dream I released was my dream of starting a travel company in Kenya. If I’m honest, it was my friend’s dream, and I was the one able to get it started. It was intended to help that same friend and his village, with both of us as co-founders. We discussed it over 1.5 years, and I finally got started on the site, etc. I even sold three trips at a profit (heck yeah entrepreneur!). Meanwhile warning signs and hidden truths began to surface with this supposed partner. Sparing the details, I recognized that a partnership was impossible and, more importantly, my energy was actually depleted every time I thought about this particular endeavor. I really felt like Sisyphus pushing his boulder up the hill. Except that I was also busy pushing 3 other large boulders up the same hill. Not enjoyable. Then one day I sat back and asked myself why I even cared that much about the project. The answer was simple…compared to everything else in my life, I didn’t. Ha! Once that truth was stated so simply, it made releasing that dream so much easier. As for the other party in this story, the jury is still out on whether the other person in the story will remain in my life. One thing is for sure, I’m doing more ‘testing’ of any future business partners.