If you visit my offices or home, you’re going to find everything in order. I’m someone who wants to be surrounded in a pleasant environment. I believe it helps my thinking. I don’t understand how some people do it. They surround themselves with junk and clutter and then wonder why they physically, psychologically and emotionally feel overwhelmed.
Take a look around your environment.
Are you one of those people who lives in a mess? Your office is a mess. Your home is a mess. Your car is a mess. Why would you be surprised that your life is a mess?
I’m giving you a challenge today. Get rid of all of it. It won’t be easy. Pack rats have to make a mental “disconnect” with all the junk in their lives. But, it’s possible. And, once you do this, you’ll see how lighter you’ll feel. No one says having things is a problem. The problem comes when we become attached to things and they no longer serve a real purpose beyond simply having them, even if they don’t belong in our home or office anymore.
Let’s begin with your home.
- Look around you. Assess the situation.
- Make a decision about where your starting focus will be. Pick a room. Pick an item (clothes, shoes, paper, etc.).
- Begin the process of keeping what means something to you or serves a purpose and get rid of what holds no meaning or purpose in your life. So, for example, if you are holding onto papers from 10 years ago “just in case,” it’s probably time to place them in the shredder. If you have clothes that are 3 sizes too small and you haven’t worn them in 5 years, do you really expect to wear those clothes again even if you were to fit into them? More than likely they can be donated to a good charity and help a family that needs them more than you do.
- Keep sorting through the one room or set of items that you are looking to clean up and don’t stop until you’re done. Depending on your life, it may take an afternoon, several weeks or even a month. Put a deadline on it. Then chip away until the job is done.
- Dispose of whatever no longer serves you. Place what you will continue to use neatly where it belongs.
- Do the same process for the next item or room in your home.
Now, let’s look at your career.
- Remember that success if 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.
- Review where you are and where you want to be in terms of your work.
- If you need to learn a new skill or take a risk, map out what you need to get to your goal.
- When your mind begins to bring you doubt–ignore it. Doubt has killed more dreams than anything else I can think of.
- Develop a series of goals. You know what your overarching goal is. Perhaps you want to own your own business. Maybe you want to leave the company where you work. Maybe you want to move into management. Whatever it is, plot a course. Create milestones and smaller goals that will get you where you want to go. This is crucially important because you need to rack up “wins.” You don’t win the World Series without having played 162 games first.
- Then, keep chipping away at it. Every. Single. Day.
Author of “Get Off the Couch: Grip & Rip and Break the Barriers Holding You Back in Life” (Free Digital Download)
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