Letting Go of the Past Challenge – Day 1: You have to Want to Let Go

People love to try out new experiences. It can be new products, new jobs, or new cars, etc. It gives them a sense of excitement. It also lets them forget about their problems, at least for the time being.

Forgetting about your problems – the challenges and rough times of the past – is only the first step. You have to WANT to let go of those experiences and follow through on that want so that they no longer hold as much power over you.

What if you that something new interested and involved you – your heart, mind and emotions – to the point where the time you spend and the rewards you receive take over your obsession with the past?

Imagine being able to let go of the past more easily – and while not losing the lesson, you could lose the grip that the challenge had over you.

The task, project or new experience would require a long-term commitment such as a few months or longer. A short-term project of a week or two might help for a short while, but remember – to create positive habits (or break negative ones) you must be consistent about implementing change for at least 21 to 28 days.One great way to approach this is to start a new business.

Traditionally, you would need to quit your current job, obtain capital for the business, and then hope for the best as far as whether customers would come and then buy. The odds are against start-up businesses, and many fail before the first year is over – and that’s the OLD story of starting a business.

You don’t have to give up your job to start a business these days. You can start one online and eventually have others run it for you, but the entire point of creating something was to take your mind off the past. After your new business is successful, you can choose to outsource some of the more mundane aspects. But, initially, take on the management of the business to keep you busy and to learn how to run a new business.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because a business is online means that it’s easy to be successful. Throw those “get rich quick” schemes right out the window.

There is a lot of competition online, and it’s growing. You also have to drive traffic to your online business and offer products to sell. It’s easier than running a brick-and-mortar business with a physical location, but there are still plenty of challenges to consider and plan for.

If you decide to run your new business while keeping your old job, you will need to allocate time. It’s simply too easy to let time spent on the online business slip away from you. What is the harm if you don’t work on it a day here or a day there?

The problem is you’ll never get it off the ground if you don’t commit to it. After all, the whole reason for creating this business is to help you let go of the past, right? Therefore, commit to a regular schedule for working on your new venture – even rising earlier each day and spending 90 productive minutes on your business can pay big dividends.

Come up with a list of long-term and short-term goals. This way, you have a fighting chance of making it work, because your “roadmap” is right in front of you. Without these goals, you have virtually no chance.

You also need to believe in your business. Like any new venture, people start out enthusiastic, but the excitement wanes as soon as the going gets tough. Remember that you are a survivor – you wouldn’t have made it through the challenges of your past if you weren’t.

It’s time to let go of the old, negative experiences, keep the lessons you learned, and start making NEW memories!