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Getting Organized In The Top Three!
The totals have been tallied! Getting organized is number three on the list of most popular New Year's resolutions this year, preceded by quitting smoking #1 and getting in shape #2. Were any of these-or maybe all of these— your resolutions for the New Year? If so, what's your follow through plan?
Last week we gave some focus to the importance of having a clear vision around organizing and not losing sight of it. This is a necessary first step for any type of change. The key to lasting change is creating an internal shift. You can have the desire and the vision, but it will quickly fade if you haven't connected with the deeper reason of why you want this change.
Many people who choose to "get more organized" in 2010 will probably start off with incredible energy and success only to have it fade out around March when they run out of steam. The goal at A New View is to "be organized" which requires a lifestyle change. Organizing becomes like "blinking and breathing"—natural. Are you willing to create internal changes--changes around habits, patterns and thinking—so that you can accomplish the goals you have set for yourself?
There is nothing more frustrating than to have a desire and clear vision and not be able to realize it. Here is an exercise to help you zone in on shifting your habits/patterns: (remember, Total Spaciousness is all about vision, following your heart and connecting to your Self)
You might choose to write your answers out on paper as opposed to typing on the computer as a way to feel more connected to the process:
- Identify one habit/pattern you want to let go.
- How long have you had it and what prompted you to create it?
- Why do you want to let it go now? How is it impacting your life?
- How has this habit served you? Yes, served you.
- Imagine what this habit would look like if it were a physical being and have a conversation with it. Write out your dialogue.
- Write out a statement of gratitude for the habit/pattern thanking it for bringing you to a greater awareness of what it is that you don't want.
- Remain in positive relationship with this habit allowing yourself to gently and lovingly let it go because you know it no longer represents who you are.
In Total Spaciousness everything and anything that comes into your life is all an opportunity to know your Self. When you are given the gift of awareness it is a signal that you are ready for the change. Go for it!
I'd love to hear from you about any "ah ha's" you have.
To Your Total Spaciousness!
posted on: 1/14/2010 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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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.
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.