Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year (or don’t have school-aged children in your home) you've heard Frozen’s Oscar-winning ballad “Let it Go.” Did I say ballad? I mean ANTHEM OF POWER.
For those who aren’t familiar, “Let it Go” is sung by the incredibly cautious Queen Elsa, whose potent creative powers are suddenly revealed after a lifetime of hiding them from everyone.
Now, this song is not about giving up. Far from it. The reason this song is so great is because the message isn’t about mediocrity. It’s not a tribute to “meh.” It’s about owning your creative talents and celebrating them, and when to tell your detractors to take a hike. And most of all, it’s about knowing when a situation is just not working and it’s time to say “good enough” and spend your time and talents on other things more worthwhile.
Knowing When to Let It Go
When there’s a deadline that must be met, but you worry that your integrity will be compromised if you don’t go through and obsessively make continual tweaks. If the deadline is your number one priority, ensure your work is accurate and for the rest, let it go.
When you find yourself endlessly micromanaging, take a step back and get someone else’s opinion, and then, let it go.
When it’s preventing you from completing other projects. Sometimes a knotty problem has you so stuck that you feel you can’t move past it and finish the job. Put it aside for another time, switch gears, and come back to it later, then, let it go (for now).
Knowing When to Walk Away
When a project is causing you emotional or physical distress, share your concerns with a coworker or friend and let them help you with it. Don’t shoulder the burden alone. Walk away.
When your talents are being taken advantage of by someone taking credit for your work, or trying to discredit you. Stand up for yourself and back it up with proof. Walk away, they’re are not worth it. But, like Queen Elsa—you are.