“You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.” -Morpheus, The Matrix

Dale Carnegie Course Teaches Graduates How To Let Go

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a Dale Carnegie Course graduation. I had followed this group of participants from their introduction to the program to this final graduation session.

I had the honor of speaking to the group last night. In my presentation, I referenced the story of the stress-management consultant who used a cup of water to demonstrate a point. However, during the story, I realized something new and promptly followed the new direction.

Using a cup of coffee, I held it overhead and asked the group, “How much do you think this cup of coffee weighs?”

There were several answers ranging from 8 ounces to 20 ounces.

After several guesses, I revealed that the absolute weight wasn’t important.

I could hold the cup high for all to see for a minute and I wouldn’t be bothered. Now if I held it up for 5 minutes, my arm would grow fatigued from the effort. If I held it over my head for an hour, I would be in pain. And if I held it for over an hour, I would need medical attention.

The absolute weight didn’t matter because it never changed.  What mattered was how long I persisted in holding that cup of coffee overhead. That’s what was increasing the stress in my arm.

You Have To Let It All Go To Achieve Something New

We often find ourselves holding on to things in our lives that we should have released long ago. These things no longer work for us, like:

  • outdated beliefs;
  • misconceptions about our abilities;
  • old work habits;
  • facades to impress other people.

Instead of acknowledging that these things don’t work, we stubbornly hold on to them. We define ourselves by them. And we proudly display them until we begin to falter under the strain.

Sometimes, the best solution is to put down your burdens and let it all go.

Graduates Identify Their Greatest Achievement In The Dale Carnegie Course

I like Dale Carnegie graduations.

I like them because I get to see people liberate themselves from the tyranny of these misconceptions.

Last night, I was privileged to see 25 individuals release old beliefs they had clung to for most of their lives, and graduate to explore new possibilities.

They stood up and demonstrated how they had let go of their past limitations to embrace a new vision of themselves. They revealed how they were more confident in their abilities in handling new situations and communicating with other people. And they demonstrated their flexibility in creating new behaviors, allowing them to step into leadership roles and motivate their team to complete a project.

If you have question about what the Dale Carnegie Course can accomplish with your people, and you happen to work and play in the San Joaquin Valley area of California, contact Paul Bagan. He’ll review your requirements and tell you exactly what the Dale Carnegie Course can do for you and your team.