Making room for inspiration to land
Sometimes inspiration can’t land because there’s too much stuff in the way. Inspiration is a delicate, flighty creature who is likely to stay away if she sees too much clutter.
We’ve already seen that physical clutter and unfinished projects represent mental clutter and drain mental energy from you; energy that you could use to create a different future. Having a good clear out will free your time and free mental space for inspiration to land, it’s like feng-shui for the mind and the result for you will be significantly more physical and mental energy.
The Extra Energy Checklist
If you want significantly more physical and mental energy then set to work. The more extreme you are with this, the better your results will be.
- If in doubt, chuck it out (apart from essential papers).
- If you’ve not used it in a year then you’re never going to – move it on.
- You’re making room for new things to flow towards you. They won’t come unless you make room.
You may want to print this out, now.
You wear your insides, outside
Want to know what’s going on inside? Take a look around you. Your car is a mess and needs repairing. You’re hanging on to a lot of old junk. You owe money. People owe you.
What you’re seeing is the reality of your state of mind. We tend to create circumstances that reflect what’s going on inside and these are like unconscious signals for those who can read them. This is why, for example, people with low self esteem let their personal grooming go and wear scruffy clothes. They are signalling what’s really going on. It’s why teenagers with low body confidence hide in baggy clothing to protect themselves – they feel vulnerable.
This works both ways. Internal changes will show externally in your life but you can also help make internal changes by working on the external stuff. By clearing up around you, by straightening up and getting rid of old baggage you’ll experience a leap in mental clarity too. And feel noticeably better.
You wear your insides, outside. Clutter, mess and unfinished business are depressing and act as a mental brake. Straighten out one and you tend to straighten out the other, too.
- Everything in your home is there with your permission
- Everything in your home remains there with your permission
- Everything on your desk…
- Everything not done in your life is not done with your permission.
- Everything not done in your life remains not done with your permission.
(Peter Walsh – ‘It’s All Too Much’)