This is Kelly Orchard’s Apple A Day, 60 seconds on wisdom, success and personal growth.

It could be that you need to let go of always trying to let go.

When I am working with clients it sometimes becomes clear that letting go of whatever is holding them back, is too much to ask. They focus so much on what they should let go of, that they end up grasping on even more tightly. Letting go doesn’t happen with baby steps or a checklist. It is a thoughtful process – intentional – something you do day by day.

One of my favorite illustrations of how to let go is the release of a balloon. The balloon represents the things you hang on to ‒ the hurts, the unfulfilled dreams and broken promises, the traumas and tragedies, even a preoccupation with triumphs and rewards that are so fleeting.

It isn’t feasible to let go of everything negative all it once, but the process doesn’t have to be hard.

It can be as simple as the release of a light balloon ascending into the sky, floating and careening away from you. And as your grasp becomes freer, you will be more open to new experiences and lessons that propel you toward growth.

Don’t just try to let go of what you’re holding on to. Actually do it!

This has been Kelly Orchard’s Apple A Day. Now, go out and be fruitful!