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The Mom Who Changed Everything!

Perception is the key to all change!
If something in our life isn't working, it is never about anything outside of us. It is always about how we choose to perceive our world. If it's always about changing us first, then we can never be victims. We become responsible for making the changes that are causing us discomfort. This line of thinking can be controversial for some, especially given some of the crises we face in this world today. But after spending much of my early years in this life blaming others and feeling as though I was the victim, adopting this philosophy has catapulted my life forward into an amazingly positive and empowering place where doors are opening and I am making a difference in the world.
I highlighted the following story in a post last year. It's a wonderful example of my message this week.
This is a story about a Mom, a very spiritual woman, with a husband and two children who lived a very hectic, overscheduled life. They never ate meals together because they were all on different busy schedules. More than anything else she wanted her family to slow down and share meals together again. She tried everything she could to make it happen right down to pleading with all of them. No one listened. They kept right on going and she continued to feel caught up in the busyness with no way to control it.
One day she made a decision to focus on her own peacefulness. Regardless of what was happening around her she promised herself she would remain peaceful. She started to eat slowly and enjoy her food at every meal. Initially, her family gave her a very difficult time, but she persevered. At the end of a month her entire family was sitting together at every meal enjoying family time once again.
Taking one hundred per cent responsibility for ourselves has powerful results!
There are three important steps that we must take before we engage in changing anything; first, recognize that the problem is a problem for us; second, be clear about the negative impact of the problem on us; and third, step into making a commitment to change our attitudes, ideas, feelings, and behaviors. These steps require that we let go of control and allow our inner wisdom to lead the way. When we make change from a heart place it will benefit all. These three steps will totally change the way we experience life and can be applied to disorganization issues, relationship issues, work issues—anything!
Are you looking outside of yourself for something to change on the inside of you? What is your perception of the situation? What commitment can you make to empower yourself?
Let me know what happens!
Happy Organizing!

posted on: 10/23/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

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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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  • 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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