Amanda Johnson

Love the life you have and have the life you want

How to Surrender without Giving Up

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The other day I was in a pretty bad mood and I started having an argument with my partner. Boy, oh boy. Let me tell you, I did not want to back down.

Then this idea of “surrender” started popping up more and more. As if the universe were trying to suggest something.

Sometimes when I think about surrendering it feels like I’m giving up. Do I still care if I surrender? It just feels so passive.

If I don’t stand my ground and make it absolutely clear how right I am and how what he is doing is wrong and how he needs to do things differently, then I’m just giving up on this relationship…right?


It is through surrendering and making the conscious choice to be aware of what we are feeling or the situation we are in, accept it for what it is, and then let go of any need to fix it or control it that we are recommitting to be fully present in each and every moment—which is quite the opposite of “giving up.”

If you’re anything like me and sometimes equate “surrender” with “giving up” or being “passive” then this video is for you. Or if you love the idea of letting go but not sure how to do it, then take a look.

In this video, I’m going to share with you what surrender is, how surrendering can be the best thing we can do (especially when it is the furthest thing from our minds), and how we can start to practice it.

When we let go, we are no longer operating from a place of control; we operate from a place of love. {Tweet that!}

Now, I’d love to hear from you.

Where in your life can you practice surrendering?

I’d love to see what comes up for you so please take a moment and join me in the comments’ section below this post. What you share might be exactly what someone else needs to hear today.

Once we start practicing how to surrender in the everyday moments, we can start to experience what it’s like to let go of pride and the need to control on a much larger scale. So please pass this along to anyone in your life who you think might benefit from being reminded of how we can experience more freedom and less frustration in order to truly love the life we have!

If you desire more support in learning to surrender and experience less frustration in your life, I invite you to sign up for one of my complimentary discovery sessions and sign up to receive more tips, tricks, and insights directly to your inbox.

P.S. I’m getting giddy with excitement to tell you more about a program I will be launching that helps people learn how to get out of their own way and begin to SOAR!

With gratitude…


Author: Presence Matters

Amanda Johnson has one mission: to help people turn their critic into their ally so they can love the life they have and have the life they want. She does this through her work as a writer and presence coach. After years of struggling with depression, motivation and finding any purpose, Amanda made a choice to transform her experience of life. She realized that when she resisted, judged or attached to “what is” she suffered and that this is true for all of us. From this place, the idea to help others cultivate ease and joy through “Presence Matters" was born. Amanda is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years’ experience performing, educating, facilitating and consulting for Fortune 500 companies with the personal mission to reach and change lives for the better. Her passion for helping others—be it a 2nd-grader or a CEO—and her ability to connect with and inspire those she meets are unleashed by her wit, charm, and eloquence, making her message resonate deeply with her audience. For more information and to work with her, visit

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