Getting Rid of Stuff that no Longer Serve You
There is an annual thing that many people do called spring cleaning. Somewhere around April or so people start to clean out their closets, garages and drawers and keep the items they need and tossing the things they no longer use.
The question is, “How many of us do a “self” spring cleaning?” How many of us even consider tossing our personal stuff we no longer use or need? I’m talking about a mental spring cleaning. I am talking about cleaning out our mental, emotional and spiritual closets.
Every single person has a past both good and bad. Everyone has their own personal stuff that they’ve gone through that is helped in the creation of the person they are today.
You can be grateful for a lot of your life experiences but you do not need to hang on to the “stuff” that is the emotional, mental, and spiritual pains that you have experienced in your life that have brought you to this current point in your life.
A lot of times this “stuff” stays with us a lot longer than we needed to. Sometimes it even sticks to us like invisible glue or some type of sticky note. Maybe it was a high school sweetheart who broke up with you before the prom and it’s like a green sticky note on your heart. Maybe it was a parent’s divorce and you have a yellow sticky note stuck to your stomach on that. Maybe it was a teacher in grade school that called you stupid when you answered a question wrong. That can be a blue sticky note stuck on your throat. Maybe it was something your mom or dad said in jest when you were younger but it hurt you deeply and that’s a big red sticky note on your forehead.
All of these things are a big part of who you are currently. Somewhere in your past they had served you as may be a protection device or something to that effect. At the same time these things are also prevented you from living your life to the fullest and experiencing abundance and prosperity and happiness to the max.
While the day has come to live life without that safety net and take off the training wheels and discard the mental, spiritual, and emotional “stuff” that no longer serve us.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEP
Here is this week’s personal exercise:
To start your cleaning process of your personal “stuff,” you will need to take inventory of what you have collected over the years.
So grab your journal or notebook and a small wastebasket and find a quiet place and sit down and put the wastebasket beside you. Now close your eyes and start to picture yourself standing in front of you.
Really look close at yourself and see a protective, plastic cover that is wrapped around you. This cover is preventing you from really connecting fully with the world. It is preventing the world from connecting with you.
Now reach out, yes physically reach out, and picture pulling the plastic off of your protected self. When you do that you are able to see those emotional, mental and spiritual sticky notes that have attached themselves all over your body.
I want you to start at the top of your head and read each sticky note and write down the information. Maybe one of them reads: “I am not good enough” or “I am not that smart.”
Once you have gone through the process and take an inventory of all your “stuff,” start to examine each one of them. Three questions you should ask yourself of each sticky note.
Where did this idea come from?
How did it serve me?
Why is it still here?