Do You Need to Remove the Clutter?

June 13, 2010

I am heavily influenced, as you may already know, by Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Another big influence is Marcia Wieder, America’s Dream Coach®, my teacher and Jack’s coach. These two giants have helped me become who I am today, and I’d like to give you something I learned from them that I hope you will find valuable.

Complete the incompletes, and remove the clutter in your life, so you can focus on your dreams and goals without something always present and nagging at you in the background.

But how? You might be one of the many people sitting at their computers inundated by a desktop of papers needing to be filed, to-do lists getting longer, closets needing organized, junk drawers needing sifted through or even just piled up two-week old laundry that needs to be washed, dried, folded and put away.

The answer is simple (and you may have heard it before)… Do one thing at a time. Many people take on too many tasks all at once and then feel overwhelmed and then the long to-do list is still a long to-do list. Complete one thing 100% and the list becomes one item shorter! That feels better doesn’t it? Breathe with me. Ahhh!

I recently gave a client this analogy: Say you’re a contestant in a pie eating contest. You have to eat five pies to break the record. Say you ate some pies… See the examples:

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You sit there and you’re still looking at five pies! It’s suddenly overwhelming! Your stomach is filling up and you have what appears like nothing big to show for it. But rather, if you had eaten all of Pie #1, you’d only be left with four pies which you would eat one at a time, one bite at a time. It’s less overwhelming than sitting there staring at five pies still sitting in front of you, some partly eaten or not eaten at all.

The story of the pie eating contest illustrates how fulfilling it can be, and certainly less overwhelming if we complete one single item off the list at a time, rather than scatter ourselves about doing part of a multitude of things and seemingly not getting anywhere with it while in the meantime more stuff is being added to the things we need to do. Won’t you feel so much better if that list is one thing shorter? I know I do! Do this regularly and in no time at all you won’t be playing catch up on clearing the excess things to do, you’ll be able to keep your life organized and managed!

With the clutter removed and the incompletes completed, you will be free to move onward and upward with your life, your goals… your wildest and fondest dreams!

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