In order to begin something new, something has to end. In fact, there has to be endings to create new beginnings. An old year ends and a new year begins, full of promises of change and new experiences. Mitch Albom, author of “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” wrote: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”
I recently ended a 15 year assignment. I had been at my job for 15 years and I knew the time had come to say goodbye. I found every reason not to leave my job but I knew in my heart that it was time to move forward. I had a dream and purpose that had me on fire and excited beyond belief. But leaving my job was not an easy decision. Could I really make it without the security of my job? Would I maintain the relationships that I had built while there? What if it didn’t work?
How do we let go of what should be an ending? As hard as it may be, we must make the decision to activate our faith. I didn’t know what the future held, I just knew that I couldn’t stay where I was. Once we decide to activate our faith, we must commit to take action on our decision. See, it’s not going to end itself. Sometimes all it takes is for us to take a step and then we’ll see things fall into place.
Please know that there may be pain and grief attached to your ending. Walk through the pain and don’t try to dismiss it. It’s perfectly normal that you feel sad. Pretending it doesn’t matter or dismissing the feelings won’t make them go away. Cry when you need to, journal your feelings, and accept that there is loss. Only then will you fully be able to move into your new beginning.
Whether it’s a habit, a behavior, a relationship, or even a career (I’m not telling you to quit your job!)…..what do you need to say goodbye to? While what you were doing may have worked in the past, those habits, actions, or behaviors, or that relationship won’t take you where you need to go in the future. They served you well, but the reality is that they must come to an end. Accept the end make room for what’s about to begin.
Please share below what you had to end in order to make room for your new beginning. I’d love to hear from you!
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