What Do You Need to Let Go of for a Thriving Future as a Leader?

Written by Seb Jauslin

August 2, 2023

We all have dreams, ambitions, and visions of what we want our future to look like. But what if something is holding us back from making that future a reality?

As we chart our leadership path to success, one fundamental question is: What do you need to let go of to have the best possible future as a leader?

The Burden of the Past

The past can often be an anchor, holding us back and preventing us from moving forward. Past mistakes, regrets, fears, or negative experiences may loom large in our minds, clouding our vision for the future. This baggage can become a hindrance to growth and transformation. The process of letting go begins with recognising these anchors.

Identifying What Needs to Go

What is it that you need to release? Is it a limiting belief? A toxic relationship? An unhealthy habit? Identifying what you need to let go of requires deep introspection, honesty, and courage.

Here are some areas to explore:


      • Limiting Beliefs: These internal barriers tell you what you can’t do. They hinder your potential and inhibit your growth. Recognising and working to shift them is essential to expand your path and broaden your leadership opportunities.

      • Unhealthy Relationships: Relationships that drain your energy or undermine your confidence can hold you back from reaching your true potential. On the other hand, healthy relationships lower anxiety and stress, increase self-esteem, foster greater empathy and authenticity, and create more trusting and cooperative environments.

      • Fear of Failure: The fear of failure or rejection can paralyse us and prevent us from taking risks that could lead to growth. As long as we are learning and growing, we’ll feel fear. So, what if, despite the fear, you knew you could handle anything that came your way? What if perceived failure in the moment ended up being the event that led to your greatest success?

      • Obsession with Perfection: Perfectionism can lead to procrastination and hinder creativity. Recognising that imperfection is a part of growth can be liberating. It allows you to be true to who you are and can help you accept what you’re capable of right now and acknowledge what you have achieved so far.

    The Power of Release

    Letting go is not about forgetting or ignoring; it’s about accepting and freeing yourself from the weight that holds you down. Letting go clears the path for new opportunities, growth, and fulfilment.

    Embrace the Future

    Your future is a canvas, and you hold the brush. Letting go creates space for new possibilities, relationships, experiences, and a renewed sense of self.

    “What you choose to release is a deeply personal decision critical to unlocking a brighter, more fulfilling future as a leader”.

    As you reflect on this pivotal question, remember that letting go is an act of strength, not weakness. It’s a conscious choice to unshackle yourself from the past and embrace a future filled with potential.

    So, I challenge you today: What do you need to let go of to have the best possible future as a leader?

    Your future is waiting, and the power to shape it is in your hands.

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