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This week I was rereading parts of Marci Shimoff's book Happy For No Reason. I find it helpful to look back at the sections of a book that I've marked to refresh my direction if I feel like I'm getting off course. I wanted to briefly share her "Guiding Three Principles" with you. I've adapted them to fit in with organizing, but they apply to any area or situation in life.
#1.  Whatever expands you makes you happier—
Expansion is about lightness and contraction is about heaviness. Now think about all your stuff. Does it give you a sense of internal expansiveness—light, free, well-being? Or does it shrink or contract you--do you feel heavy, constricted and unhappy? If your stuff is "weighing" on you, it directly impacts your level of happiness or what Shimoff calls our "happiness set point".
#2. The Universe is out to support you—
Shimoff encourages us to ask ourselves, "If there were a higher purpose to what's happening, what would it be?"  If you recognize that you are feeling weighted down by all of your stuff, this awareness or consciousness is a signal from your inner guidance to make a shift. The Universe is supporting you to move in the direction of experiencing the happiness you deserve. It wants you to succeed!
#3. Whatever you appreciate, appreciates—
Shimoff has a "secret formula" for this principle which I love! Again, I'm adapting it to organizing.
 Intention—Keep your intention to be organized clear and focused and it will   "appreciate". Make it the most important thing and it will happen.
Attention—Keep the process of being organized going on a regular basis—a little bit everyday and change will occur.
NoTension—The peace and calm you desire by being organized is already present within you. Let go and allow it to come forth.
She sums up principle three with a beautiful metaphor. "The process is like planting a flower: you plant it (your intention), you water it (your attention) and then you relax (no tension), knowing that over time you'll begin seeing the blooms. You can let go--the process is happening."
What are you giving your attention to these days? Is it raising your happiness set point?
I'd love to hear from you!
Happy Organizing!

posted on: 10/30/2008 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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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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