As it was snowing outside today, it made me think of the song “Let it snow!” that includes the verses “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” I started thinking that as leaders in marriage and at work, sometimes (maybe often), we need to “let it go, let it go, let it go.” It’s simple to say, but certainly not always easy to do.
So, what’s our motivation for not letting go?
It’s often a matter of control. Maybe we think our way is the best or only way, particularly if the alternative is unproven. It may be that we’re afraid of what could go wrong if we let go. We look at the downside of letting go.
But, what’s the upside?
It might free up time for us to do other things. It could excite the employee that gets to follow through on a recommendation, feeling empowered. It might allow our spouse to feel valued, appreciated, and heard. What other benefits would or could you experience if you let go?
The root of not letting go is most likely fear at one level or another. So, the next time you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or stressed by the load you are carrying, ask yourself what you could be taking on or holding onto that you could let go and possibly hand over to someone else. Then, take a deep breath and courageously ask someone or just let go! I know, simple, but not easy. Do it anyway.