7 Ways To Let Go Of The Past

George Kalantzis
6 min readSep 30, 2021

What Moving On Really Means

We avoid the unknown.

Holding on to the safety of the ordinary world gives us a sense of control.

It’s a story of love. It’s a dream. It’s all of the things we think we need to be in life while we miss out on the many opportunities that are trying to unfold.

During transitions, our mind starts creating limiting beliefs. We have voices in our heads that cling to the pain. People tell us to move on, but we can’t because we are stuck in a story that makes us feel safe even though we want to change. And it costs more than we think.

Leaping into the unknown is a crucial principle to overcoming tough transitions in life. If you talk to anyone who has built something significant in their life, you’ll see the similarities within anything worth pursuing. If we wish to overcome struggles in our lives, we must learn how to let go of the past so we can make room for the new life trying to unfold.

Here are some concepts and principles adapted from my just-released book- Nowhere To Go: Navigating Tough Transitions, and ways to help you fully accept yourself to move forward into the future with strength, optimism, and dignity.

The Places You’ve Gone

We often do things in life that aren’t good for us. In the first part of my book, I discuss how your past generally guides your life choices. To break free from the past, you need to understand what messages in your life show up about how you think you need to live. Why? Because we can only really understand who we are by looking back at the events in our lives and why we might act a certain way. When you go backward and are honest with yourself, you can usually find the answers you seek to set yourself free. It won’t be easy, but it is a choice worth pursuing if you want to meet your true, whole self.

Go Deeper Than The Surface

In Nowhere To Go, I tell my story of chasing life and existing on the surface. I explain how I put so much pressure on myself to find meaning that my self-worth became attached to milestones and achievements in life. And while I hit every major milestone, life drifted away because I wasn’t honest with myself. The truth of it all is…



George Kalantzis

George is a professional storyteller, a dad to a sassy and adventurous eight year-old girl, and the author Of Nowhere To Go