Declutter Your Life

I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.
— Brian Tracy

Last month I won a three hour session with a professional organizer and what she showed me was more profound than any clean and organized cupboard (even though that is nice!) She taught me that in order to truly create new order you must take out all the CRAP in your drawers, files and cupboards…look at it closely, decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away or donate and then, only then, can you start to put it back into place.  I thought that this is exactly what needs to happen when we want to make long lasting change in our personal and professional lives. How many of you want change in your life…real, true, fulfilling, aligned change? And then how many of you look at your current situation and because it is so overwhelming choose to look the other way or just rearrange the items of your life without really taking it all out to see what you are dealing with? Rearranging may give you a burst of something new, but over time your situation will settle back into the same dysfunctional rhythm that feels stuck. This is SO common because fear and denial usually stop us from really taking out all the shit to do a thorough examination!

Right now I have clients going through divorces. I have clients who got fired. I have clients who are depressed with pain in their bodies. AND these very same people have made a decision deep down inside to no longer just rearrange the items in their lives to look a bit neater. They are actually taking it all out, feeling the shock and discomfort to see the mess and slowly but surely doing the work to clean it up. They are looking at their finances, being honest about the times they said yes, when they wanted to say no and are getting real that blaming others is no longer working. They know that this pain will eventually liberate them to have new systems for success. The divorced person will soon be free to align back to her truth and find new love. The unemployed person will untangle himself from the old stories that kept him small so that he can find a new job that is fulfilling. And the depressed woman will start to set new limits and boundaries in her life so she can work and have time for the other things that bring her joy.

Where in your life are you truly ready to shift? How can you take the time to DE-clutter in a thorough way so that your internal stories and systems can be put back together in a new order that creates success? I am not saying that it will be easy, but I do promise that amidst the junk and dust there will be gems waiting to be discovered!

Johanna Beyer

Johanna Beyer is the founder and principal of On Your Path Consulting. Since 2002 she has been working one on one with people who feel that they are at a crossroads in life. She specializes in supporting individuals who feel unfulfilled with their current careers and are ready to create their next stage of work that is challenging and purposeful.