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Blog: The Nature of Being Organized
Is Your Work Ethic Working For You Or Against You?

Are you working too hard? Shifting into the fall season gets me "revved up" for transition. There's just something about the cooler weather approaching that calls me –and many of us—to get into action. There's so much to do, too! It's time to change over wardrobes, prepare our homes for cooler weather, put the gardens "to bed", rake the leaves and close up outdoor furniture. Phew, no rest for the weary! I was raised to believe that in order to achieve success I had to work hard and make things happen. I had to take charge! And most certainly, hard work would bring me great happiness. My parents lived by a very solid work ethic, but I wouldn't say they were the happiest people. They seemed to complain a lot about having to work. It took me years to figure out that working hard was not going to make me happy. Now I know that working isn't about trying to make something happen; it isn't supposed to be hard or difficult. It's about creating something I want because I am joyful about what I'm doing. But old habits die hard. I thought I'd share some insights I gained this week. In his book Shift Happens! Robert Holden lists qualities of someone who works hard: • "You fear that you don't deserve good things • You feel unworthy about receiving, so you try to earn things instead • Your dysfunctional independence stops you from asking for help, so you simply work harder • You apply more effort because you are tired and can't see smarter solutions • You try to control outcomes • You keep struggling because you are afraid of success and abundance • You are afraid to let go and surrender to something better" The reason I became an entrepreneur was that I wanted freedom; freedom from working hard at something that was good honest work, but didn't light me up. I am learning step by step that it's not about making something happen; it's about creating something that I have so much passion for it flows out of me effortlessly! I have moments—many now—where this actually happens. I find that when I show up, take action, and live my passion the earth moves! There is freedom in not working hard. I can't say it better than Holden, "Today, let go of the belief that you need to work hard for everything. Swap effort for inspiration. Ease up on struggle. Focus on a relationship or goal you are trying too hard at. Give up trying to "make things happen" and make way for guidance and success. Commit to ease. Believe in effortless accomplishment. Make space for a better way and an easier way." My challenge for you this week: Instead of working hard at fall projects, make a decision to find peacefulness, trust that it will all get done on time, ask for help, enjoy the process of sorting and purging, and relax into this seasonal transition. Have an effortless week! Happy Organizing! Maggie

posted on: 9/25/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

by Maggie McCauley

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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.

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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.

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