Sunday’s NFC championship was a game for the ages. Though I was happy with the outcome, it was particularly interesting to note how the Hawks came back to defeat the Packers. After three quarters of what seemed to be terrible playing and bad luck, things turned around.

Specifically, after four interceptions and likely one of his worst games of his career, Russell Wilson ran for a touchdown, threw a completed 2-point conversion, then lead a drive down the field in overtime for a victory.

How does someone erase a poor performance and transform it into heroics, all in a span of about 8 minutes of playing time?

I am not Wilson and can’t read his mind, but I’m guessing memory loss had a little to do with it. That and faith in himself, his abilities and his teammates. Maybe faith in God, too, based on his comments after the game.

What if we, when faced with a bad day, a bad setback in life or just bad luck – let go, kept the faith and rebounded, forgetting all the icky stuff in our past? We might not be headed to the Super Bowl two weeks later, but we’d certainly be poised for greater peace and happiness in our lives.

Here are a few benefits of letting go, forgiving, setting positive intentions and looking forward to what’s ahead.

You deserve it. Don’t forgive, release and let go because someone else deserves it. You deserve it! Luminita D. Saviuc, a guest writer at The Mind Unleashed, believes letting go liberates you from your past, replacing pent-up resentment with inner peace, love and compassion.

You can start over. Doron Libshtein, CEO of the Mentors Channel, believes we always have the power to begin again. Whether we’ve experienced success or failure, its important not to dwell on what was. He believes the smartest choice is to either stop or change whatever causes pain or discomfort, and continue to do what brings us the most satisfaction. The new year is a great time to reflect and act.

(Positive) revenge is reward.  According to Karen Salmansohn, author of The Bounce Back Book, the best revenge against the people or circumstances triggering anger or bitterness is living is a happy, successful life. If you train yourself to be more loving in your thoughts and actions, you attract more positive results.

It’s good for your health. In addition to the reward of giving up a painful past, forgiveness has been associated with lower heart rate and blood pressure, as well as overall stress relief. It may also reduce fatigue and improve sleep quality, as suggested by Randy Gredinger who writes for the Huffington Post.

There’s good in bad. Take it from Alexander, even a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day can be ok if you are surrounded by friends and family who love you.

I’ll bet Russell Wilson agrees with that one.


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