How to Move Forward with Life & Let Go

How to move forward with life and learn how to let go.

Are you stuck in a rut? Can’t move forward in life? Maybe you’ve made some mistakes in the past that are holding you back. In this article, I will share how to move forward with life and let go of past mistakes.

We’re all guilty of holding onto things from the past – things that we know we should let go of, but we don’t. As humans, we hold on to things for all kinds of reasons, and we often regret letting them go.

There’s a reason why you’re reading this right now. I know you want to move forward in life, and there’s probably a part of you that wants to let go of things from the past.

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That’s why I’m going to share with you some powerful tips that can help you move forward and get past things from the past.

Learn to Let Go of Feeling Stuck

Learn to Let Go of Feeling Stuck

The only person who can move you forward is you. No one else can do it for you. The only way you can move forward is if you take control and decide that you’re moving forward.

You don’t need to feel bad about having a past that you regret. You don’t need to feel bad about making a mistake that you’d like to change.

You don’t need to live with regrets, but you can’t move forward if you’re constantly looking back at the past. 

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If you’re still looking back at the past, you’re doing nothing but reliving that time. You’re reliving the good times, the bad times, and the moments you’d rather forget.

So… if you find yourself feeling stuck, you need to perhaps take a step back, learn from the life experience you had… then make a ‘plan of action’ to move two steps forward.  Reclaim your life and power thru whatever has you glued to your past!

 Getting Out of Your Own Way & Pushing Forward

Getting out of your own way and pushing forward.

We all go through tough times, and the fact of the matter is… we need to realize to learn how getting out of own way is necessary. 

Sometimes we just need to let go of our old habits and embrace a new mindset. The problem with the past is that it prevents you from moving forward.

You may think you’re in a place where you can’t do anything new, but I’m here to tell you that’s not true.

We don’t move forward in life because of our own fears and insecurities. We’re afraid of making mistakes, we’re afraid of being embarrassed, we’re afraid of being judged, and we’re afraid of rejection.

But you don’t have to keep living in the past. You don’t have to continue to live in fear. You don’t have to be scared to fail.

You can get out of your own way, and you can push forward.

Stop Holding Onto Negative Emotions

Stop holding onto negative emotions.

Life happens. Whether you’re getting divorced, breaking up with someone, or dealing with other issues, there are times when it’s easier to focus on the negative rather than the positive.

When you’re holding onto a negative emotion, it will always keep you in the same place. If you’re angry with someone, you won’t be able to move on.

You know what you need to do, but life gets in the way. How do you move forward with your life and let go of what’s not  working?

What’s more, it’s much easier to hold on to these emotions than to let them go.

It’s important to understand that you can’t just let emotions out. You can’t just throw your feelings out like a piece of trash.

Instead, you need to learn to let them go.

You need to learn how to manage your emotions, and you need to do this so that you can move forward.

In the following sections, I’ll share some tips to help you move forward with life and let go of the negative.

How to Take Action to Keep Moving Forward

How to take action to keep moving forward.

In order to move forward with our life, we first need to ask ourselves these 8 questions:

1. What is it that you want?

It’s common to want to move forward in life, but what does it really mean to you? What do you want?

2. What are you willing to sacrifice?

Do you want to move forward in life, or do you just want to live comfortably?

3. What is your biggest fear?

What is stopping you? If you’re afraid of failure, what are you afraid will happen if you fail?

4. Who are you afraid will leave you?

Who are the people who have already left you? What happened when they left? What did you learn from that experience?

5. How can you start?

What’s the first step you can take to move forward?

6. Who can you talk to?

How can you connect with others who are facing the same challenges?

7. How can you build?

What resources can you draw from to get moving?

8. How can you grow?

What can you do to help yourself grow?

Remember one thing… 

You’re human. That’s all we can do as humans. We’re not perfect.

There will always be something to let go of, and you’ll feel better once you take the first step.

 10 Ways to Move Forward to Live a Happy Life

8 Ways to Move Forward to Live a Happy Life

1. Accept Your Past

Acceptance is the most important step towards moving forward. We all have past mistakes that haunt us.

If you’re still feeling ashamed or embarrassed by something from the past, then it’s time to let go.

Just be aware that you might feel bad at times. If you think that you’re holding on to something that is hurting you, then you should consider letting it go.

2. Be Grateful

As much as we try to change our lives, we can’t always control what happens in life.

It’s a fact that some people are born into situations that they’ll never escape.

Be grateful that you have the opportunity to change your life.

3. Stop Self-Sabotaging

Sometimes we sabotage ourselves.

We do things that hurt us, even though we know it’s a mistake.

If you find yourself doing this, it’s time to stop.

4. Be Open-Minded

We tend to be more judgmental when it comes to other people than we are about ourselves.

When you have an open mind, you’ll see that everyone makes mistakes, and they can learn from their mistakes.

5. Don’t Focus on the Past

If you’re still obsessing about something from the past, you’re making it worse.

You’re only adding stress to your life.

Instead, focus on the future.

6. Think About What You Want

What do you really want?

Do you want to change your life for the better?

If so, then start by thinking about what you want.

7. Make a Change

Start small.

Don’t try to change everything at once.

Start by taking small steps, and you’ll soon notice a difference.

8. Reconnect Your ‘Why’

Perhaps you’ve lost sight of the bigger picture and what’s important in your life. You’ve lost your ‘why.’

By reminding yourself of your original intention and purpose, it gives you the intrinsic motivation to get back on track and move ahead.

9. Change Your Mindset

Instead of focusing all your attention and effort on one problem, shift your focus and attention to another part of your life.

It’s up to you to shift your mood and state. By doing this, you’ll be able to feel and experience more hope and possibility.  One way to start this process finding gratitude in all the small things in your life.

10. Start a ‘Plan of Action’

No one can say it better than Tony Robbins:  

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” — Tony Robbins

There’s no substitute to start major momentum to go your way but by taking actual action. Action creates further action, while inactivity creates stagnation, self-doubt, and confusion.

Just remember… successful people are constantly pushing out of their comfort zone, which is why they continuously become more successful.

20 Quotes to Move Forward to Live Your Best Life

To help you get started with taking your ‘plan of action’ and moving forward to living your best life, I present this 25 cherry-picked quotes.  Hopefully one or two shall resonate with you as you begin your journey forward.

Quotes 1 thru 10:

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”

Maya Angelo

“Letting go is hard but being free is beautiful.”

Wilder Perry

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened…or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”

Tupac Shakur

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”

Margaret Shepherd

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”

Steve Maraboli

“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”

Joel Osteen

“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”

Oprah Winfrey

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”


“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Steve Jobs

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

Quotes 11 through 20:

“Holding on is believing that there’s a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.”

Daphne Rose Kingma

“You can’t move things by not moving.”

Suzy Kassem

“Moving on will show you a lot about who you are, what you truly want, & what you have no desire to waste your time on.”

April Mae Monterossa

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”

Lao Tzu

“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.”

Nicholas Sparks

“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

Michelle O’Bama

“It’s so empowering to say, ‘This isn’t serving me,’ and walk away in peace.”


“Sometimes moving forward changes what’s behind you.”

Kami Garcia

Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are.” 

Courtney Garver

Final Thoughts to Help You Get Where You Need to Be

When we look back at our lives, we can see that many things are similar and some are very different.

While it’s important to acknowledge the past, it’s equally important to focus on the future and let go of things that are holding you back.

I know it’s easy to get bogged down by the past and feel stuck in your present.

It’s natural to focus on where you are now instead of where you want to be.

That’s why I’m sharing these final thoughts with you.

If you’re ready to live the life you deserve, it’s time to stop being afraid of the future.

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beth elkassih

“Hi! Welcome to the launching and introduction to ‘Made You Smile Back’! I’m so pleased you’re here. Let me share with you a little bit about myself and why I created this platform.”

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