What do you want more of in your life?
Do you want more papers, piles, unpaid bills, overflowing closets, puzzles with missing pieces, broken games or toys, clothes that don't fit, weight, stress, or chaos?
If you love everything on that list, you can stop reading now!!
Honestly, when I read that list, I want to immediately clean my closets, clean my pantry, and go run 3 miles. I don't want more of any of those things!
Most people don't dream of excessively adding junk (seemingly precious treasures) to their lives that will one day sit in the driveway on a Saturday morning to be sold for 50 cents. Most people don't aspire to put 10, 20, or 30 pounds on each year until they can no longer run around with their kids, no longer fit in an airplane or movie theater seat, and end up hospitalized with disease and chronic illness.
That may sound kind of brutal, yet, how many more days will we avoid the small tasks (the 15 minutes) or the big overhauls that will help us avoid bringing more of that debilitating excess into our lives?
Life is hard. Stressful situations happen. Dealing with difficult people is not easy. Bills are often bigger than we expect and money less than we hope for. Difficulties are not going to end. We live in a broken world and we were never promised that it would be easy. So if difficulty is bound to come - and we know it - then the only thing left to do is choose our response.
Let's break it down this way:
#1 Take Inventory
Get out a piece of paper and write down the top three areas of your life where you have excess 'junk'. Some possible areas may include, but are definitely not limited to . . . weight, clothing, debt, stuff (anything that doesn't have a place to go), trash (actual garbage), toys, busyness (things that make you feel like you have no time), water bottles (these multiply in my house), papers that need filing, etc. I think you get the idea and you probably knew at least the top two without any prompting.
#2 Get Specific
Now, under each of those three areas, specifically define the excess. For example, if you chose clothing as one of your top three areas, what specific clothing do you have in excess? Do you have clothes that don't fit? Clothes you don't like? Clothes that have sentimental value, but are never worn? Old kid's clothes in boxes?
#3 Make a Plan
It is difficult to be specific here because, depending on the area you choose to tackle, the plan will look very different. So, rather than trying to pick and choose I would like to encourage you to do one of two things:
- Find an accountability partner. Do not choose someone that will make you feel good and tell you what you want to hear. You must choose someone who will hold your feet to the fire and not put up with your excuses. (Yes, you will make excuses!)
- Hire a coach. A coach digs deeper than an accountability partner. A coach will help you create a plan, hold you to that plan, and give you firm and loving encouragement along the way. Coaches do not put up with excuses - they are hired to help you WIN, not to make you feel good about your sorry excuses. Remember, a good coach will do this with love! I love coaching my clients to make changes in their lives. If you'd like a free 30 minute consultation, fill out this contact form and we'll be in touch: [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email/Phone' type='text' required='1'/][contact-field label='Best-time-to-contact-you?' type='select' options='Morning,Afternoon,Evening'/][contact-field label='Coaching/Topics' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]
Part of the extraordinary life is eliminating the junk that is keeping us from being and doing all we were created to be and do. Don't wait another day to get started.
(I’m Traci, the "Be Extraordinary!" blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)