Yesterday, I had the chance to hear Dr. Henry Cloud speak about Necessary Endings. He urged us to eliminate the things that keep us from taking an extra step forward in our lives. Cloud wants us to let go of the things we do not value anymore. Sounds like minimalism, right? There’s an extra step we tend to forget; Cloud reminds us to embrace endings.

We are always excited about new beginnings, but we overlook the things that need to end. We’re so focused on creating that we forget about the things we have to let go. We fail to remember that a beginning cannot happen without an ending. We tend to think of endings as something sad instead of viewing them in a positive light.

With that in mind, Cloud asked us at the beginning of his speech, “What is present in your life today that’s not in line with what you want for your tomorrow?”

How would you answer that question?

Is there a friendship that needs to end?

Do you need to eliminate anything from your diet?

Are you in need of a different job?

Is there something in your schedule that needs to be removed?

Do you have an ugly shirt that just doesn’t belong in your wardrobe anymore?

What’s present in your life today that doesn’t align with what you want for your tomorrow?

You need to cut ties. You need to move on.

You need to let go of things that are keeping you from being the person you want to be.

What needs to end so you can have the life you want?

What is your necessary ending?

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