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"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."    

 

 


 

 

"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."

 

 


 

 

"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."

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR THE CLUTTER! FEEL THE SUCCESS!

 

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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. 

 

1.     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 life?”

 

2.     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.”

 

3.     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!   

 

When 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. 

 

Get into action now! 

 

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 or pat@coaching4success.com

 

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