CLUTTER! FEEL THE SUCCESS!
No, I didn't make a typing
mistake. I wrote that paragraph the way it is for a reason. Reading it
probably annoys you because there aren't any spaces between the words.
Many of you live your lives that way: without any room to breathe. You
rush off here and there on the constant quest to cram one more thing into
each day. To check just one more thing off your To-Do list. To get that
one more thing done! When you are stressed your tendency is to go for it
to push harder, to do more. But does it work? Well maybe for a while.
But…What if you could bring clients in the door simply by cleaning out
your car or office? Or bring more money into your life by handling the
“To do’s” you’ve been putting off?
Clutter will not only cause you
to waste valuable time searching for what you need, it will stop you from
thinking clearly and drain your energy. Clutter isn't only physical.
Mental and emotional clutter can keep you from doing what you really want
to do. Clutter can be the things in your life, big and small, that are
left undone or incomplete. Things that you put up with; procrastinate
about, or complain about. Things on your mental “to do” list distract
you, make you feel guilty and take bits of you energy – the very energy
that you need to accomplish your life goals. Like emotional constipation -
clutter bogs you down, distracts your attention, and keeps you stuck!
At some level you become the
caretaker for every scrap of stuff in your life. You are devoting a
proportional amount of energy to every object in your domain whether or
not you are aware of it from moment to moment. (How about those old
college text books stuck in the back of the attic?) Think of a cord going
from you to the things around you. Energy is either coming to you or
going out from you through these cords. If there is something in your
life that is not giving you energy it is draining your energy. The
amount of “clutter” you have is in exact proportion to the distance
between where you are now and where you want to be.
Removing things from your life
is a key way to reduce stress, enhance your mood, and create space for new
opportunities. If you are committed to succeeding both personally and
professionally, then you'll need to practice eliminating the clutter form
your life. When you do this, you free up emotional and physical energy
to pursue the things that really matter.
Eliminating Clutter is all about
action! Not about the resistance or the whys? Start with the stuff that
is easy to eliminate. I usually suggest the coffee mugs, tee shirts or
mouse pads – the things that seem to multiply right before your very
eyes. For whatever reason you feel you need to keep them, but at some
point - after just a few, the rest become more of a burden than an
asset. Get rid of them. Donate them if you don’t want to throw them in
the trash. Just get them out of your space! Feel the release. Almost
every client is surprised by how good it feels just to get rid of things!
What they are experiencing is the energy, energy that was being robbed by
the clutter. Feel the momentum and go with it! Quickly move to the next
item and the next.
Think of the process of
eliminating clutter like peeling an onion. The outer skin is easy and
flakes right off, but once you remove that, the next layer becomes flaky
and easily removable. That’s what happens with your clutter. You begin
by removing the easy stuff. As you continue with the process – and it is a
process – you’ll find yourself eliminating things with which you never
thought you would part. These could be physical things, like notes,
books, or “heirlooms;” or emotional clutter, like unfinished business with
a family member or co-worker.
Hints for the packrats among us.
Most people ask themselves the wrong questions. They ask, “Will I ever
need this in the future?” To which the answer is usually “maybe.’ You’ll
never get rid of anything with this approach. A better question to ask is
“Is it giving me energy or draining my energy?” Or “Is this taking up
space that could be left open for something even better to come into my
Invite a discriminating friend to come over and help you. No one is as
attached to your “stuff” as you are. It is always easier for someone else
to be objective and ruthless. Your friend can say inspiring comments such
as “that doesn’t reflect who you are today.”
Begin to appreciate the value of white space. We are too often focused on
acquiring stuff that we forget that blank space is equally as important.
In the Japanese art of flowering arrangements the space between the
flowers are just as important as the flowers themselves. Create some
blank space in your life – this includes your calendar, too!
What I find
is that most of us are so busy trying to put out fires; you never take the
time to get things cleaned up in your life. If you’re tired of feeling
drained by the little (and big) things that steal your energy, then I
challenge you to get rid of the energy drains and let the success you
desire find you!
clear your clutter you get into your power and create a space for new
things to come into your life. You will have more energy and creativity to
design your life to reflect your authentic self.
Pat Kilgannon, Success
Coach, author, workshop leader, and speaker, inspires and supports clients
who are committed to improving performance and achieving greater success
in their business and personal lives. Pat can be reached at 215.348.919