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When Life Doesn't Go According To Plan
I'm one of those people who has always had a "plan" for my life -- and rarely does it ever go the way I intended! I'm like George Bailey -- "I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that" -- then I find myself jumping off of a bridge and talking to angels (not exactly, but I'm sure you know the feeling...)
Changing Your Mind(set)
I'm a veteran at figuring out precisely what I want, then getting stuck partway along the path. At that point, ya gotta decide if the thing you thought you wanted is really what you still want -- or if you actually needed something entirely different in your life, and that's why the roadblock popped up in the first place.
Getting derailed or changing your mind is not failure. We have developed a tremendously counterproductive idea in our society that deciding to go in a different direction means admitting defeat -- when often, it's the smartest decision you can make. As W.C. Fields said, "If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it." Knowing when to say no is a valuable skill!
Swerving Around The Roadblocks
My career is a perfect example of the winding, unpredictable, and thoroughly satisfying road my life has taken. I started out as a Social Worker, but hit a wall when I wasn't being allowed to fully serve my clients (and I realized that I was going to turn into a government bureaucrat if I didn't get the hell out of there!) I had to make a decision to stay and be miserable or walk away and do something else -- but what? This was my "calling." Where would I go? What would I do? It was hard, but I made the leap and started my own business (first as an organizer, now also a photographer and blogger). In time, that decision has also allowed my husband to quit his job, and for us to become full-time RVers -- I don't regret having "quit" for one second!
My life and career continue to branch and shift (and I'll share stories about these changes in later posts), but my larger point is that being willing to say "no" to something that wasn't working for me opened up a whole new world of possibilities -- opportunities that I wouldn't have even dreamed of it I had just "stuck it out", the way we're often taught to do. That quitters-never-win-and-winners-never-quit thing is a bunch of malarkey!
Evolving And Growing
My sister once said to me (in a rather derisive tone), "Every time I see you, you're a completely different person. I never know who you're going to be from day to day." Thank you! I actually take that as a compliment -- continuing to change and evolve and adjust as circumstances in your life shift is the only way to grow.
I can't imagine staying stuck in one place your whole life -- one job, one town, or one way of thinking. And while change can be a little scary, it's also kind of exciting not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow. I can be anyone I want to be at any point in time -- I just have to be willing to let go of who I am today to get there.
Given the chance, are there situations and circumstances in your life that you would like to change? Maybe a relationship that isn't working, a job that wears you out, 10 pounds you want to lose, or even just a pile of clutter that is driving you up the wall. Who do you want to be tomorrow and what changes are you going to have to make for that to happen?
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posted on: 10/27/2009 11:30:00 AM by Ramona Creel
category: General Organizing Tips
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I have been a Professional Organizer for more than 10 years, I am a NAPO Golden Circle member, and I was the original founder of OnlineOrganizing. I have worked one-on-one with scores of clients and have trained dozens of newbie organizers as they got started in the industry. I provide both hands-on and virtual coaching to help clients improve their organizing skills and simplify their lives. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.RamonaCreel.com, and I challenge you to find one new idea that you can put into practice in your life, to help you become better organized, starting TODAY! I am passionate about coaching folks toward a more balanced, productive, and enjoyable life -- and I firmly believe that if I can do it, so can you!
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