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Books About Letting Go

When we are talking about letting go, it is not about forgetting or forgiving situations and people that might have done you a disservice in the past. No, it is more about realizing that those things are in the past and it should no longer affect you in the present.

Many unresolved emotions stemming from past situations can have a very real and debilitating effect for your emotional state in the present. This serves no other purpose than to impede your development. It is these emotions that you need to finally get rid of by letting go. These books are here to help you do just that.

#1 Severance: Fired & Inspired by Kristi Andrus

Severance: Fired & Inspired by Kristi Andrus
This book is a quick but comprehensive guide to navigating your corporate exit strategy. It covers the logistics, the essentials, the emotions, and most importantly, how to gracefully let go of what’s no longer meant for us so we can make room for what’s next.

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#2 IMPROVe Your Self-Esteem

IMPROVe Your Self-Esteem
Letting go is about being in the moment. Improv is one of the best tools to make this happen. This book guides people how to use improv tools and techniques to be in the moment. Letting go means your self-esteem rises.

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#3 You can heal your life by Louise Hay

You can heal your life by Louise Hay
You can heal your life is my favorite book for letting go of anything negative in my life, it helps to show you that you are responsible for everything helping you to let go of all negative thinking about others and yourself. While the book isn’t new it’s always my go to when I want to let go of any negativity in my life.

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#4 It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys

It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys
It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized brought me to tears more than once. This lyrical, cheerful, gentle, compassionate, sensible look at the consequences of disorganization and methods for re-framing negative mental habits that often reinforce disorganization is compelling. I’m usually organized, and yes, I’m one of the Pros who always has been, but when I’m not organized it is often a direct symptom of some stressor in my life.

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#5 SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern

SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern
Ms. Morgenstern has a theory that people with disorganization issues may have developed those habits as emotional responses to particular experiences in their lives. She coaches her clients to identify those experiences and those responses, to allow her clients to “repurpose” the responses more productively. She believes there is often positive value, core truths about the person who uses the habits, in the emotions underlying the habits. This idea may not be exactly true for those people whose disorganization is organic – people with ADD or brain injuries, for example. But this theory can also help people with inborn or physical challenges examine the additional emotional responses they have developed to their circumstances as they have lived cluttered or chaotic lives because of their disability.

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#6 Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky

Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky
Ms. Glovinsky begins with a simple idea: that all people have emotional responses to their Things. And she ends with a meditation on life. Warm, witty, thought-provoking and kind, Ms. Glovinsky gently teaches you to identify your reactions to Things, whether those reactions are fearful, possessive, angry, joyful or a complex mix of many feelings. She goes on to coach you to learn detachment from your emotions and Things, to allow you to more easily relate to, organize and even let go of items. She also teaches that there is no right way to organize: there is whatever way will work for you. This is the first book I recommend to my organizing clients.

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#7 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson doesn’t sugarcoat his advice and it really helps you put things in perspective about things that matter and things that really don’t – which is quite a lot when think about it. I have lived a much better stress free life after reading this book.

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#8 Heart Healing: The Power of Forgiveness to Heal a Broken Heart by Susyn Reeve

Heart Healing: The Power of Forgiveness to Heal a Broken Heart by Susyn Reeve
Is it really possible to free your heart and mind of the emotional wounds of the past? Are anger, pain, and suffering blocking you from the love and happiness your desire? Whatever the cause of your heartbreak, it is never too early or too late to courageously forgive and let go. In Heart Healing, author Susyn Reeve expertly guides you to put compassion and unconditional love into action in practical, easy, and lasting ways. With the insight of someone who has walked the road from heartbreak to forgiveness to living a life she loves, Susyn invites you to heal the emotional wounds in your life. Full of wisdom gained from decades of study with Joseph Campbell, Jean Houston, Robert Fritz, don Miguel Ruiz and her thousands of clients and students, Susyn’s book is a refreshingly honest and practical guide to living a life of contentment, connection, and long-overdue love. This book is brimming with stories, proven exercises, and powerful affirmations to free you from any resentment and anger you are holding towards yourself or others. Susyn does not gloss over life’s pain and struggles. Rather, she shows how to use them as springboards to new open-hearted perspectives and possibilities, so you can readily feast on the magnificent gift of life.

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#9 You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression by Kate Allan

You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression by Kate Allan
When you have anxiety of depression, you can feel deeply alone. You can feel like you’re the only person on the planet who’s struggling with weird worries (which won’t go away), who can’t go grocery shopping without getting sweaty and panicked, who fears everything. When we feel this way, one of the greatest gifts we can receive is knowing that there’s someone out there walking a similar path, someone who understands the sorrow, the struggles, the symptoms, the hardships. Someone we can relate to, someone who shares their story, with vulnerability and without filters. With You Can Do All Things, Kate Allan has given us such a gift. In You Can Do All Things, Kate shares her struggles with anxiety and depression, which started when she was just a child. Through her honest words, uplifting illustrations, and actionable suggestions, Kate also encourages us to keep trying and to keep going.

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#10 Organizing For Dummies by Eileen Roth

Organizing For Dummies by Eileen Roth
The first part of the book talks about what the costs of clutter are, what causes your clutter, and then all of the chapters go through the 5 steps of P.L.A.C.E. to get organized. The P is to Purge which is letting go. It not only goes through every room in the house chapter by chapter, but there are also 4 chapters on letting go in your office and how to decide what to keep and what not to keep in the office.

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#11 Battle Endurance – How You Can Be Someone Who Never Quits and Gives Everything You Have To Give

Battle Endurance - How You Can Be Someone Who Never Quits and Gives Everything You Have To Give
If you are searching for a tool to help deal with stress in your life, this book is just that – a guide and roadmap you can leverage based on your unique experiences, at your own pace. It was written with the idea that readers can replace the challenges presented with their own, being able to see themselves while learning how to let go, work through conflict, obstacles, and difficulties and limiting negative self-talk, one step, action, moment and battle at a time. Shared are many stories, and approaches on letting go, living in the present and having a full and more peaceful life, even while dealing with difficulties. It’s engaging and relatable while including an honest selection of experiences readers of all ages will find as useful tools to help cope. “More than just a good read, a place of refuge through the storm.” A book which motivational speaker Les Brown calls instructive, informative, and inspiring … a guide to live your life victoriously.”

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Contributors to this article
Kristi Andrus from LUXICoach

Ben Winter from Success Improv

Katherine Schneider from Feed Your Spirit

Lauren A. Williams from Casual Uncluttering LLC

Julian House from DiscountPromoCodes

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Eileen Roth from Everything in its Place

Nate Battle from NateBattle

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