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Machen MacDonald: Let go to get there

To get ahead in business try letting go. I love the saying, “You can’t get to second base if you don’t take your foot off first.”

Such a statement is obvious and yet not always easy when we analyze the potential risks that may be associated with advancing. In order to make progress we must let go of where we are to move to where we want to ultimately be.

Here are six ways top achievers let go of what holds them back so they can get where they want to go:



1. Let go of what you think you know and really step into where you want to go. Successful business owners regularly question what they know to be true. They avail themselves to current and relevant information that will advance their cause. They don’t get attached to the map they used to navigate California now that they find themselves in another state.

2. Let go of comparing. Successful people who get things done and make a difference understand that everyone is on their own journey and by playing the “comparing” game, they are only distracting themselves from advancing on their own path. Though someone else’s success may appear to have been acquired with ease, there may have been sacrifice we would not have been willing to endure. Regardless of the circumstances, known or unknown, the successful person strives to do their best with what they have, where they are at the time.




3. Let go of judgment. The accomplished person believes that judging is the repetitive act of staying stuck in a story that’s not working. They see it as arguing against what actually is. When we can’t process the data accordingly so that we can advance and move on, we tend to tell ourselves a story that keeps us out of our full potential. That’s called being under the influence while judging. It can also look like attempting to make others responsible for how we are feeling about ourselves. This is hanging on by deflecting. If we find ourselves in judgement it is usually best for all to look in the mirror and deal within ourselves what we are judging exists in others.

4. Let go of worry. It is said that worry is simply prayer or affirmation for what we don’t want. The easiest way to let go of worry is by shifting our focus from what we don’t want to come about, to what we are willing to bring about. Nothing was ever accomplished by worrying about it.

5. Let go of regrets. Productive people remind themselves of their humanity. They recognize that success is more about progress than it is about perfection. They understand blunders and absurdities will creep into their day. They learn from them, improve from them and move on. Regretting what may have occurred keeps us stuck replaying exactly what we are wanting to move past. In order to make right, move on and even forgive, we must be present. It’s impossible to regret and be present at the same time.

6. Let go of blame. Integrity and accountability are two key elements people who enjoy long lasting success possess. To blame another is to hold them responsible for our not keeping our eye on the ball. If we are responsible for the ball getting from point A to point B and we give the ball to another and it doesn’t make it to point B, we are still responsible. Blaming by pointing the finger toward who we handed it off to does not get it to point B. We were responsible and we had choices and made decisions that did not get the ball to B. Own it! Move on to the next play.

By letting go of these six constraints you will free yourself up from what holds you back. Just like releasing the breaks on a car you will find you have more energy and momentum heading in the direction of your desired destination that you will arrive there quicker than you ever thought was possible.

Here’s to letting go and getting there!

Make it up, make it fun, and you’ll get it done.

No. 1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000.


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