Spring Clean Your Life
By Kathy Gates
Our minds are much like our homes. They both get cluttered with
old ideas, old attitudes, old conversations, old hurts. Both need a routine
cleaning out of stuff that we collected for one reason, and are holding onto out
of habit, neglect, or just sheer willfulness.
Pursuing a simple, sustainable, flexible, happier lifestyle
means that you have to choose it. And that means choosing to lose some other
things. It means getting rid of things that no longer work for you, it means
updating the way you do things, it means freeing up some space for new and
exciting opportunities and challenges.
Just like cleaning your home, a mental Spring Cleaning takes a
dedicated effort, a conscious choice to make changes in your mind the same way
you make changes in your dťcor.
Here are some ideas to get you started on a Spring Cleaning for
1. Clean out the anger, hatred, jealousy, and self doubt. If you
need to apologize, bit the bullet and do it. If youíre still angry and waiting
on an apology from someone who wonít or canít give you one, decide to let it go.
Itís not contributing to your life -- in fact itís contaminating it -- so it
needs to go to the junk heap at the curb. Only then can you put something
POSITIVE in itís place. Make some room for happiness.
2. Wash away delay and procrastination. Delay and
procrastination set you up for frustration after frustration. Youíll find
yourself constantly in the past, trying to catch up, scrambling around trying
not to get caught. Is that really how you want to live? Get into the present!
Youíre missing your life by living yesterday over and over.
3. Dust off your attitude, and put on a fresh coat of positive.
A positive attitude begins with gratitude. For just one day, practice giving
instead of taking, practice sharing as much love, help, care, concern, and
gratitude as possible. Itíll change your perspective.
4. Throw out misunderstanding, and lack of patience. Sweep out
the dirt of gossip or lies. Open the shades and let in the warmth of friendship.
True friendships, take work, time, energy, thoughtfulness. True friendships
require forgiveness, require understanding. You donít want to be a doormat to
anyone, but you do want to find relationships that are equal and reciprocal. The
results are certainly worth it.
5. Lighten up your thoughts with humor and fun. Yes life is
difficult and the world can be a scary, tiresome place. But in your own world,
you are in charge of every day. You decide what to think about. You decide when
to laugh, you decide what to read, what to listen to, what to think about.
Choose to insert laughter into each day; choose to have a little fun every day.
6. Open the windows of your mind to new ideas and a fresh
perspective on living a happier, better, easier life. Change takes action.
Thereís no silver bullet, no magic pill. But if youíll open your mind to some
different ways of doing things, if youíll try some new habits, if youíll work
your mind muscles and your organizational skills in a different way, youíll find
that youíll create the life that you truly want, not just the one that you end
7. Enjoy the person you are. If you donít like yourself, find
out why, and start working on becoming a person you do enjoy and that others
will enjoy also. The returns will be worth it.
Life Coach Kathy Gates specializes in helping people who are ready to
create a simpler, less stressful, more joyful and meaningful lifestyle.
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