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9 Things to Let Go of in the New Year

"If you continue to carry the bricks from your past, you will end up building the same house." anon.

The champagne bottles have popped and the fireworks blasted. You have sat down with your fresh new journal and fully stocked and color-coordinated pen and written your vision, goals, and plan for the new year.

But have you let go of the last year?

As we step into a new year, it's an opportune moment to reflect on the things that may be holding us back and preventing us from fully embracing our creative potential. Letting go is not just a symbolic act; it's a powerful means of making space for new opportunities, growth, and self-discovery. Here are the things to bid farewell to in the coming year.

Toxic Thoughts

Begin the year by cleansing your mind of toxic thoughts that hinder your creativity. Let go of self-doubt and negative beliefs that tell you your ideas aren't good enough. Instead, embrace the potential within your unique perspective.

Negative Emotions Towards Creative Work

Acknowledge and release any negative emotions tied to your creative endeavors. Understand that creative work is a journey, and it's okay to make mistakes. Let go of the fear of criticism and welcome constructive feedback as a steppingstone toward improvement.


Bid farewell to self-doubt that whispers you're not capable. Trust in your abilities and acknowledge that everyone, even the most celebrated artists, has faced moments of uncertainty. Your creativity is valid, and your voice deserves to be heard.


Stop putting off your creative pursuits. Procrastination can be a significant roadblock to realizing your artistic vision. Break down your goals into manageable tasks, set deadlines, and take consistent steps toward your aspirations.


Release the need to conform to others' expectations. Authenticity is a cornerstone of creativity. Embrace your unique perspective and express yourself genuinely in your work. It's the authenticity that resonates with others.

Fear of Success, Being Seen Trying, and Vulnerability

Confront the fear of success, the fear of being seen trying, and the fear of vulnerability. Success is not something to fear but an acknowledgment of your hard work. Being seen trying is a testament to your courage. Vulnerability is the key to connecting with your audience on a deeper level.

Old Habits

Old habits can be comfortable, but they may also be holding you back. Identify habits that no longer serve your creative journey and replace them with new, positive ones that foster growth and innovation.

Restraint (Not Executing Ideas)

Let go of the restraint that prevents you from bringing your creative ideas to life. Trust your instincts and take action. Execution is a crucial step in the creative process, and the world deserves to experience what you have to offer.


Lastly, release the tendency to settle for mediocrity. Aim high and challenge yourself. Strive for excellence in your creative pursuits, and don't be afraid to push boundaries.

As we embrace the new year, remember that letting go is a continuous process. By releasing these hindrances, you create space for inspiration, innovation, and the flourishing of your creative spirit. So, step into the new year with a lighter heart and an open mind, ready to explore the boundless possibilities that creativity has to offer. The canvas is yours; paint it with the vibrant hues of your imagination.

9 Things to Let Go of in the New Year
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