When it comes to identifying the things holding us back from being the best possible versions of ourselves, everyone’s process is different; but one thing is almost always the same – clutter. Having a lot of clutter means you’re not making space for what really matters, you’re not leaving any room for yourself to move or grow – all the available space is already occupied. There is a literal, physical clutter between you and your dreams.
Perhaps you never bought into the whole “feng shui” movement, but it’s pretty hard to deny that a well-structured, organized space allows energy to flow better than a closed off, cluttered room. There are far less distractions in a clutter-free space. Messy environments remind you of undone tasks or distract you from your passion projects. The same notion applies to your psyche.
Here are three simple steps you can take to evaluate your physical and emotional space and make way for the things that matter most.
Step 1: Set your intention
It might sound like you’re in yoga class, but seriously, how can you make progress without knowing exactly what it is that you want? The more specific you can be, the better. Goals that are too broad make it easier to settle with mediocre results.
Step 2: Evaluate your time and energy
Where are your priorities now? Where do they need to be in order for you to reach your goals? What is standing in the way? We find that it’s easiest to make well-structured lists and place them somewhere they will be seen everyday. Remind yourself constantly what exactly you are working toward and how to get there.
Step 3: Edit your things
This part can be challenging, but it’s so important: go through your home, office, or storage spaces and get. stuff. out. If it’s not contributing to the things that matter most then get rid of it. Don’t get sidetracked by the infamous “someday” pile, the things you’ve been holding onto because of “what-if” and “someday I’m going to…” How long have those things been cluttering your home and mind? It’s time to move forward, free from the weight of “someday.” You’ll be amazed how much lighter you’ll feel once you let those things go. Allow yourself to move into the future unencumbered by the past.
The most important thing is giving yourself the opportunity to succeed. By taking these three steps, you’re opening the door to a life that’s abundant in all things that matter most. With a greater awareness of the obstacles that accumulate in your path and how to knock them out of the way – the rest is up to you to. It’s up to you to follow your heart and clear a pathway to your dreams.