“Holy shit, what’s in there???”
Have you ever noticed that when too much is going on, everything feels HEAVY? No wonder you’re exhausted, you’ve been carrying around an entire convenient store in that purse of yours! Food, water, rations, shoes, makeup, what else do you are you carrying? I KNOW you’re busy… but come on. What’s in there?
Our language is loaded with phrases such as:
- “A situation weighs heavy on our heart.”
- “The weight of the world is resting on our shoulders.”
- We feel bogged down in all the details.”
The result: We feel tired, frustrated and impatient. This may be just the right opportunity to reevaluate what you’re holding onto.
Try something really practical… to successfully lightening your load… on your body and mind. Imagine how good it will feel to reduce the unnecessary physical and psychological stress that you’re carrying around every day.
Removing this literal and figurative baggage will free you up to make decisions more clearly, feel lighter, move quicker and be completely present with each situation. Let go of some of the stuff you are worrying about and start making progress on some of your wildest dreams.
- Start with something small: a purse, wallet or briefcase. Empty it out onto a table until it is completely bare, down to the lining. Now review everything one item at a time and only put back what belongs such as: valid credit cards, active membership cards, keys that open current doors, pens that actually work, your present license, etc.
Congratulations. Now that it is complete, put it off to the side. What is left on the table? Are there loose coins, old mints, food wrappers, random receipts, or expired credit cards? Are there scraps of paper with information you need like a phone number or a note to give a co-worker? Have you ever found a reminder for an important appointment too late?
Were you surprised by how much you had? As basic as this simple exercise seems, women I’ve met are shocked by the excess weight they carry. They also feel a bit embarrassed to show others the strange pile of leftover stuff they carry with them wherever they go. Go ahead and put it back in your bag if you want… but just be aware of it. Be conscious of what you’re willing to lug around. On one level, these things add unnecessary weight to your bag. On another, they add clutter to your mind. When you reach into your bag and can’t find what you need, (but you know it is in there somewhere) you are creating undue stress and frustration. It also slows you down and creates mistrust of your system.
Whatever these things are, consider going through them thoroughly. Over the next week, select one area for this method of focusing. Keep what is current, necessary and relevant. Restock what you’ll need more of (business cards, tissue, you know, the IMPORTANT things.) Get rid of anything that is old, expired or distracting you. Imagine how good you’d feel when your house, car, desk drawers, kitchen counter, office space – your whole world is this squeaky-clean. The obvious benefit will be having a tidy space. The real value comes from creating a surrounding that supports you and your work, allowing your mind to be free.
PS In case you need a little support and a big laugh about cleaning out that big-ass purse you’ve been carrying around, watch and listen. Hope you enjoy Reggie…
PPS If you ever get a chance to see Reggie perform live, take it. He’s incredible!