Today Is National Letting Go of Stuff Day – Celebrate!

Today, March 26, 2015, is the day for all of us – you, me, and everyone we know – to begin the process of letting go of stuff in our lives.

National Letting Go of Stuff Day is a great day to begin the journey of change in your life.

This is a day to identify what you want to change (let go) and improve about your life, make the claim to improve it, and create a plan to move forward.

Next year, on this same day (fourth Thursday in March), you will be able to measure your success and progress as to how well you did with letting go of stuff in your life.

Today, as you begin your Letting Go of Stuff® Journey, founder Darren L Johnson is asking that you join us today on Facebook. Enjoy the posts, links, and take a moment to “like” that page. That way, when we announce the details of the 2014 National Letting Go of Stuff Day Cruise, you will not miss out.

The proceeds of the cruise will go toward supporting those who have survived domestic violence.

Join us on Facebook today – right now – and show your support for this important day and cause.

Hill Harper’s Perspective On Success and Letting Go

Everyone has different ways to take their letting go journey. No one journey for letting go of stuff is the best journey, except for the traveler of that particular journey. The key however is to simply begin the journey by taking that first step toward letting go.

Letting Go Cafe-Hill HarperAt a luncheon in Albuquerque, I recently experienced a presentation by Hill Harper. It was great! Part of the inspiration from his message was its simplicity. Based on a quote by the great late Robert F. Kennedy, Harper shared three key ingredients for letting go and succeeding.

The Robert F Kennedy quote is, “The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to [their] ideals.”

The first ingredient is “passion.”

Passion is defined as having strong and barely controllable emotion. To understand passion one must understand emotion.

Letting Go Cafe-Robert F KennedyThe definition of emotion is grounded in the latin and french origins of the words ‘émouvoir’ and ’emovere’ respectively. Again, respectively the english translation of those two words are are “excite” and “move.” What happens when you get excited and move in any direction? Energy is created when that happens.

To have passion for changing your life, accomplishing a goal, or making a dream come true requires outstanding, uncontrollable energy and movement toward that specific endeavor.

The second ingredient is “reasoning.”

Reason is defined in part as the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.” Given this definition, combined with passion, we might better understand how to successfully effectuate change.

In order to – make a positive change, accomplish a goal, make a dream come true, or the like – one must move toward that goal with uncontrollable energy, but to do it using a logical process for how to move – a strategy – if you will. Strategic thinking is what will put legs-that-run underneath the passion you have for making your dreams and goals a reality.

The third ingredient is “courage.”

From Latin root ‘cor’ meaning heart, the word courage simply means to do something with heart. It takes heart to face one’s fears. Courage is having the heart to do what frightens you, in spite of your fears.

Fear is an amazing force and can either be your friend or your foe – the choice is yours.

As you take your letting go of stuff journey, remember these keys as they might prove to be a great way to stay focused. Share this post with the person or persons you believe need this shot in the arm.

Until next time…

Celebrity Deaths – What They Had In Common While Alive

What did Christopher Hitchens, Kim Jong-il, Whitney Houston, Heavy D, Joe Frazier, Andy Rooney, Michael Jackson, Teena Marie, and so many more – have in common while alive?

Letting Go Cafe - Whitney HoustonThere are many words that can be used to describe the level of success among the above and

so many more celebrities. But for the purpose of this entry the common word is “determination.”

This morning while on my trampoline, it occurred to me that with all of the challenges in my life, with Lettong Go Cafe - Michael Jacksonall of the choices I could have made to do things for better or worse, with all of the internal fears, with all of the worries, and with all of the issues; the one thing that is among the most important factors that have allowed me to experience any level of success is: my determination.

Being determined is about having a focused and firm purpose. As a matter of fact, when I looked up the definition of the word – one of the phrases in the dictionary was – a firm and focused purpose.

Letting Go Cafe - Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney

Letting Go of Stuff is very much about being determined to de-clutter your life – by un-cluttering your spirit.

Every successful individual, whether celebrity or not, at some point in his/her life must be focused and dead set on

achieving the vision held in their mind’s eye. And so it is with you, the reader of this blog entry.

  • What is your firm and focused purpose?
  • How determined are you to fulfill that purpose?
  • How often do you allow your fear(s) to get in the way of your determination?

Letting Go Cafe -  Mahatma GandhiNot sure if you are determined enough? Mahatma Gandhi expressed it this way, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

Below are three things you can do immediately to increase your determination.

  1. Define your purpose – in what ever it is you want to accomplish.
  2. Begin your morning by claiming your determination to fulfill that purpose.
  3. Then – believe in yourself and your ability to go after that purpose with intense energy.
  4. Finally, visualize your plan to fulfill that purpose – throughout the day – every day – until fulfillment.

Darren

PS – All the best and condolences to all the families of all of those who have left us. Their greatness remains in all of our hearts, whether we realize it or not.