Write, write, write, write, write.
Delete, delete, delete.
Slicing what doesn’t work off of what does is a tricky skill, an art really. In fact, in some tough cases, doing so is nothing short of valiance.
It’s possible to put so much precious time, energy and talent into building something – a piece of writing, a relationship, a job, a project, a way of life – that we have an immensely difficult time letting go of what just doesn’t fit.
We hang on to the dead weight because we convince ourselves that dropping it would be a waste of all we did to build our thing.
The trouble is though, that the energy is already spent; you already invested the time and talent. So whether you hang on to what doesn’t work or you let go of it, it’s still done. It still doesn’t fit.
To become the person we wish to become we’ll need to leave some worn out stuff behind. We know what it is, too. It’s the stuff that feels numb-heavy and draining. It’s the robotic stuff, the thick stuff we trudge through mindlessly without purpose or direction.
The stuff we got into because we used to believe a certain thing, or hope a certain way, or draw conclusions from a different place inside. The stuff that was once new when we were in a different place.
You don’t need to ditch the whole piece of writing (maybe you do) but you need the clarity to trim the bits that drag it under.
You don’t need to dump the whole relationship (maybe you do) but you need the guts to come clean about what isn’t working, to get rid of the old patterns that are draining the life out of it.
You don’t need to leave the company (maybe you do) but you need the wisdom to know when to kill off the old habits that are keeping you stuck in a dead end position.
What got you there before won’t get you there next. ‘There’ is different now.
“That which needs to burn, let it burn. If the idea doesn’t serve you, let it go. If it separates you from the moment, from others, from yourself, let it go.” – Russell Brand
Once you are clear about what you are trying to create from where you are now – what kind of life, what kind of experience – you’ll know what fits and what doesn’t.
You’ll know what to keep and what to delete.
Sometimes even more important than what you build is what you burn.
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