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Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW NLP_M DCH  

St. Albert Medical Centre

I Give Up!
Give yourself permission to give up

Have you ever said that to yourself? I think most people have at one time or another. I know I certainly have. When we put our blood, sweat and tears into achieving a goal, but end up in the same place over and over again, it can be horribly defeating and frustrating. 

Sometimes it makes sense to “give up” a goal. Goals that we set at a particular time in our lives may no longer be relevant. It can take courage to let go of old goals.

It can be very freeing to say “it is time for something new. I don’t know what, but I am open and paying attention to the world of opportunities around me and within me.”

We are taught to NEVER give up. How silly. Sometimes we need to look at giving up old goals AND look at giving up “the moment” we are in.

Why do we give up the moment we are in? Because sometimes it is self defeating. How do we give up the moment we are in? We shake things up. Shaking things up confuses the stuck subconscious mind and sets the stage for moments of creative “ah-ha’s!” One of the very best things we can do is to take a physical action designed to create a mood shift. Why? Simply because the feelings of defeat and frustration will not be resolved with more thinking, in that moment. 

A mood shift creates a different internal environment, which allows for new perspectives to emerge. Let me give you an example. An “action” for me is to simply turn on my iPod, crank it up and enjoy a good fifteen minutes of singing and dancing. The other day my snow shovelling neighbours enjoyed a free little concert of me bellowing out Lady Gaga, Streetheart and Gloria Gaynor.  

Now, is that silly? Maybe. However, my body had a blast of feel good chemicals and my mind was cleared. The feeling of “giving up” is often a signal that it is time for something new, whether it is an updated goal or “giving up” the place we are at in the moment.  

Be willing to create a different internal environment through action. Dancing and singing does it for me.  What is your "action?" 


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