Blog: The Nature of Being Organized
Organizing setbacks happen to even the most determined people. We start with the best of intentions and before you know it the project stalls in the middle. All that fabulous energy, motivation and enthusiasm have somehow disappeared. How do these setbacks happen?
One of the most common reasons is that something else took priority. We can't do everything, right? Generally, it's the task we like the least that will be dropped first. Time constraints are a big issue for many of us. Other reasons can include: feeling overwhelmed, unsuccessful or just plain tired and fed up.
When these setbacks occur, although we have the best of intentions for completing the tasks and our excuses are really legitimate, they are usually related to something deeper within us. Many times we are being influenced by an old thought pattern. What I like to call "ego"—the negative, self-defeatist voice that is based in fear—false-evidence-appearing-real. Ego can side-track us in an instant.
One of the best ways to overcome these old fear-based thought patterns is to begin to recognize them. Here are some that may sound familiar:
I've never been any good at organizing.
I'll never get all of this done.
I can't do this all by myself!
Whenever we "hear" ourselves making statements like these, we need to stop! Then, very gently, acknowledge the statement as something that's been a part of us for a long time. And it's probably connected to an old experience unrelated to the current moment. Take the fear-based message, whatever it is, and either say it out loud or write it out. Now it's out! It's not hiding any longer. The first step in releasing the old thought is becoming conscious of it.
Now it's time to "look fear in the eye". Use the voice of Spirit to guide you. Spirit is always gentle, compassionate, and loving. Turn the message around so that it speaks the truth. Rewrite the message which can look something like this:
"I've never been any good at this." Becomes:
"I've had many challenges in my life that I've overcome."
Think back on all the many challenges life has presented and all the ones that have been accomplished; it's amazing! Starting all the way back with tying our shoes!
Then begin to focus on what organizing will net—the rewards: spaciousness, freedom, accomplishment, self-worth, and restored time and energy. So many positives! And you deserve them!
I'll be going deeper next week on overcoming the ego voice. Until then,
posted on: 6/12/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.