Holding on by letting go

In a world of constant change it is easy to feel as if everything is out of control.

Technologies have transformed entire industries. Artificial intelligence is set to change even more. Politics has gone crazy. Politicians have started acting like children and children are acting like leaders. Even the weather is behaving strangely.

How can we expect to control anything if we don’t have the resources of a billionaire, a president, or a prime minister?

But if we become that president, billionaire, or prime minister we suddenly find we have so many issues to deal with, we can’t be in control then either — nobody can.

But if we accept this and let go, then something strange happens: we gain access to new power, new energy — the energy we used to spend trying to control things.

As Alan Watts explains in the above short video:

The meaning of the fact that everything is constantly falling apart is that you don’t have to let go — because there is nothing to hold on to.

All you need to do is to be, and become, yourself.

Inner Leadership is a set of tools for achieving this: for holding on to what matters, by letting go of what doesn’t.

This allows you to keep control of the one thing in this world you can control: yourself.

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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