Sometimes it’s necessary to let go of things in order to be successful in business and in life. We don’t always want to, and it may not be easy, but doing so will help us along our path to success – and that is important. Last year I worked on letting go of people who were draining me; people who were either always negative when I wanted to share exciting (to me) things, and people who only wanted me there when it was convenient for them, but didn’t find it necessary to be there when I needed them to be. That was not easy, but it sure lessened the amount of stress and negative thoughts in my life – significantly.
Things I had done for some time for my writing business that I no longer feel are serving me. For example:
- I stopped writing the Freelance Ponderings and Advice Newsletter, then deleted the blog. I will put the information from all of the back issues into an ebook, and offer it here on the site at some point in the future.
- I moved the Frugal Recipes Happenings newsletter back to the Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy blog where it originally was being posted. I deleted the blog the newsletter had been on, and will be creating an eBook for readers of that blog using all the old posts.
- I decided to let go of the Live the Freelance Life blog, as my focus is changing. I’ll use the material from that site in the creation of future publications that will be offered on this site. The site is still up, temporarily, to let my readers know how things are changing.
- I deleted the new website for my fiction, going back to the blog because the site was not serving me well.
There’s been a lot of letting go, and I am better off for it. Discontinuing the items on this list has freed up a significant amount of time, which I’m using to work on this site, Shannon L. Buck, Author, Frugal Recipes, Frugal is Fabulous!, and Single Mom Family. This year will be a great one for each of these, and I have a book I am writing as well. I love the freedom I feel now to concentrate on the things I want to be doing.
Activity: What do you need to let go of in order to be successful in business and life? Spend some time with your planning notebook and figure this out. Plan how you will let go of each thing, and when. If you need to let readers of a blog or newsletter know you are letting it go, plan how and when you will do so. If something is not serving you well, it should be considered for the drop list. Make a plan, and start. You got this!
Happy Success Planning!