Brian Tracy says “The Law of Correspondence says that your outer life tends to be a mirror image of your inner life. Everywhere you look, there you are. Everywhere you look, you see yourself reflected back. You do not see the world as it is, but as you are – inside. If you want to change what is going on in the world around you – your relationships, results and rewards – you have to change what is going on in the world inside you. Fortunately, this is the only part of your life over which you have complete control.”
The same goes for organization. If you open up a cabinet, or look at your desk, or glance at the rooms in your home, and you see organization, chances are your mind tends toward organization. If what you see is clutter and disorder, there may be some internal clutter in your life that needs to be addressed.
Internal clutter can be anything in your life that is zapping you of the necessary energy to live a vibrant and meaningful life. What are some of the signs that you are dealing with internal clutter?
- You feel tired most of the time
- You feel unmotivated to do normal life tasks
- You feel unhappy about one or more parts of your life
- Your mind feels preoccupied much of the time
- You might feel angry or short-tempered
- You can’t seem to create the time to do the things you want to do
- Your life lacks purpose and meaning, or you feel stuck in a rut
The issue with internal clutter and external organization is that normally we don’t have the energy to tackle any kind of organization project if we are dealing with internal clutter. The mere thought of taking on an organization project drains our mental and physical energy because there isn’t enough energy to begin with. Even if we do muster the energy to organize something, if the internal clutter is not addressed, you will soon find yourself disorganized again.
So this week take some time to sit down and quietly reflect. Take a notepad and pen and spend some time in each area of your home and work life. Look around you. What do you see? How does your outside world reflect what is going on inside of you? What does what you see represent for you? What kind of feelings does it stir inside of you? What do you see that you like? What do you see that you dislike? What does all of it say about you, no judgments attached? Write everything that comes up for you down in your notebook. Are there any relationships, results or rewards that you want to be different? If so, what needs to change inside of you? Are there any of the above signs of internal clutter? If so, what could this internal clutter be about? Write it all down. Get it all out on paper.
When you address the internal clutter, then and only then can you move towards permanent and external organization.
Your Internal Clutter and Disorganization Reflects Your External Business Success
September 7, 2016