Polly Campbell, author fo Imperfect Spirituality, says that with spring just a few weeks away, it’s time for a little spring cleaning. This year when you sort through the closet and clean out the drawer, tossing out all the worn items or things you no longer need, take a minute to clean out that mental clutter that’s keeping you from enjoying your life and reaching your goals.
We all get bogged down, stuck in the same ol’ routine. Now is a great time to clean up the thought patterns that are keeping you stuck and have more fun.
Here’s how to do it.
1. Pay attention to those inner voices. Notice how you talk to yourself. If it’s negative and degrading, if you beat yourself every time you make a mistake, that clutter needs to be cleaned out. It will only keep you stuck in a track of self-sabotage. The way you talk to yourself determines whether you’ll soar or sink. Notice it and take a more positive, compassionate approach.
2. Reconcile your actions and desires. If you talk like you want to lose weight but you fill your cupboards with sweet treats you are sabotaging your success and creating a whole lot of stress in your life. We feel bad about this stuff, when we aren’t being true to ourselves. So, let’s clean out that bad habit. Start by deciding what you really want (it’s o.k. to pick the sweets over the diet if that’s truly what you want) – get clear on it -- then clean out the mental and physical clutter that doesn’t support the goal.
3. Become a creator, not a complainer. If it seems like you are never getting ahead, or you start out with great intentions only to fall short on your goals, spring is the time to release from that kind of self-sabotage. Take a look at the things that aren’t working, the things you are always complaining about and decide to create a new experience this time around. For example, me complaining about being worn down and tired all the time, only added to my fatigue. I decided to create a new experience rather than complaining about it. So, I began exercising more regularly and started going to bed a bit earlier. Look for the ways you can create a new experience in your life.
4. Do something for someone else. Nothing clears out the mental cobwebs like helping someone else. When you feel like you are stuck in a rut, do something to help someone else and you’ll be reminded just how powerful you are and what a positive difference you make in the world.
5. Be spontaneous. I’m not kidding when I say I have to plan to be spontaneous, but it feels exhilarating and interesting and fun to wake up in the morning without a plan. Schedule some time to just go with the flow and enjoy whatever comes your way. Novelty awakens our imagination, inspires our creativity, helps us solve problems, and really helps us look at our familiar routine a new way…that’s good for getting clear and cleaning the mental blocks that can get you down.