You Can Swim

Once again I find myself writing about a Tweetchat. Through these weekly chats I’ve met new people and gained friends. In the post I wrote about Twitter called The Fun of Discovery I mentioned my favorite chats but noted I was new to this and would probably find more. My latest favorite chat is called #inspirechat and it takes place every Thursday at 11am eastern time. Joanne (@JoanneCipressi) is the organizer and facilitator of these wonderful discussions. There is also a Facebook page for InspireChat.Inspirechat

Because there are a lot of people on these chats things can move quickly and you often don’t have time to think about your answers – that’s a good thing. It’s like a stream of consciousness, your unfiltered thoughts are allowed to flow and I’m often surprised by what I write. That’s exactly what happened in this week’s chat.

The topic of the chat was renewing yourself and a subtopic was letting go so you can move on. This is also a common theme in my book What Next. Someone who asks What Next is constantly moving on from one project, one business, one idea to another. They are also adept at letting go. When one idea doesn’t work they move on to the next one. This is often confused with being indecisive or flighty but I think it’s just the opposite. Once a decision is made that something isn’t working you have to let go and move on.

The eighth question asked by Joanne was “Why is it scary to let go sometimes and how can we find the courage to let go?” This is a great question because we all cling to things that we’d be better off without, things like falling stock, relationships, jobs, even businesses that aren’t doing well. I immediately thought of the image of a life preserver. Life PreserverIt’s very scary to admit failure or acknowledge that something isn’t working out as planned. Taking a What Next approach, an optimistic approach, will help you to realize that what some call failure is really a lesson, and the person who learns the lesson is stronger than the person who never tried.

My answer to question eight surprised me and was re-tweeted by several people (an honor among Twitter users). Here’s my response:

My tweet

It’s hard and scary to let go of something you think you need, something that has given you comfort in the past, but you are stronger than you know. You can succeed in spite of what other people tell you, in spite of your insecurities. Let go and take the first stroke and you’ll see that you can stay afloat without any help at all.

What are you holding onto that you think is helping but in reality isn’t allowing you to swim?

 


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  • AJ,

    I love the thoughts you share on #InspireChat. The one you mentioned above is simply brilliant…and yes, I was one of many that retweeted it. So many people hold onto what we believe is vital to their survival or to their happiness. Yet, most of these assumptions are holding people down and drowning them. It is interesting how the one thing that people believe may be saving them, is actually robbing them from moving forward–from seeing what’s next. I should know, I was one of those that was drowning years ago by not willing to release those heavy preservers.

    I agree that thoughts do flow out during these chats and it is so fascinating what our minds create. It is a great pleasure to have you part of the #InspireChat community. 🙂 I greatly appreciate you sharing this tweetchat with your readers.

    I look forward to reading your book. It sounds like the perfect companion for my library.

    See you Thursday at 11am on #InspireChat. 🙂

    • AJ says:

      Thank you Joanne, what a wonderful comment. These chats, #inspirechat particularly, keep me going and give me much to aspire to. Everyone who participates is amazingly thoughtful and caring. I hope you do enjoy the book. Inherent in the idea of letting go is moving forward and that is what asking What Next is all about, progress. Thanks again.

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