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Blame It On "Natural Law"

In my first few sessions with an organizational coaching client, I always ask them to write down three recent opportunities they missed or problems they had to deal with resulting from disorganization and chaos in their daily life. Although this is an informal process, I do believe it is very important to stop and assess why you care about getting organized.  We all enjoy the visual appearance of an organized space, but that is rarely the motivation behind serious, committed change of organizational habits.  The real motivation is to avoid pain and frustration or achieve a previously blocked goal.  Once I understand what is driving the client's desire for improved organizing skills, I am better able to construct an action plan that addresses the real need and achieves lasting results.  We are actually solving a problem, not just making the office pretty.
Last night, I sat down to do some casual reading for just a few minutes before drifting off to sleep.   Then I had one of those "light bulb" moments.  My process is not the result of some amazing philosophical insight into the human soul that is unique to my organizing practice.  I had simply stumbled onto a principle called "natural law".    In the book, "What Got You Here Won't Get You There", Marshall Goldsmith sums up the basis of all my theories on organization by simply stating "Most people's resistance to change can be overcome by invoking natural law.  Everyone . . . has a hot button that can be pushed and that button is self-interest.  It's not the same thing in all people."
I thought I had the outline of a book forming in my head.  As it turns out, the book was already written, published, and sitting on my bookshelf. Now what can I do with all the time I was going to spend writing that book . . . 

posted on: 3/1/2009 10:05:47 PM by Shana Prichard
category: Business

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The Organized Entrepreneur

by Shana Prichard

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About Shana:

Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.

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What I'm Reading . . .

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    Common sense ideas and insight into raising kids who are wll-prepared to manage their own finances as young adults.
  • "The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be" by Jack Canfield
    This book really got me excited about pursuing my goals and growing my business. There is a heavier emphasis on materialism than what I am comfortable with, but overall this is an inspiring book.
  • "The Organized Executive", by Stephanie Winston
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