April 3, 2007.
"Life is a mess most of the time."
Charles Caleb Colton
Our lives can sure get cluttered with an assortment of stuff. Good stuff, bad stuff, all sorts of stuff. In fact, way too many people have allowed way too much of the negative stuff to accumulate over the years. Each and every one of us carry around some garbage that we would like to get rid of once and for all.
You know how the story goes. We pick up a little here and pick up a little more over there and before we know it, we have quite a mess on our hands. This unsightly accumulation of worthless stuff, although harmless in appearance, lends itself to a life of disarray and disorder.
"It's not the tragedies that kill us, it's the messes."
Winners refuse to allow anyone or anything hold them back, yet this mess does exactly that and more. No doubt about it, we have to get rid of this mess. But in order to get rid of something, we must first determine what it is that we need to get rid of. It is time for you and me to come clean and confess to the mess.
If something is holding you back, it is time for you either fix it or get rid of it. If someone is preventing you from living life to the fullest, then you must change the relationship immediately. If something is upsetting you, this something must be repaired, replaced or discarded right away. If something is impeding your progress, you need to change direction and find a way to go around, over or through it. OK, so if you are willing to confess to the mess, what's your next move?
"Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things."
T. S. Eliot
Once you have owned up to the stark reality that there are some things in your life that need to change, you should focus your efforts on changing them right now. Not sooner or later or whenever you get around to it. No, these changes are needed and they are needed right now. You need to clearly spell out in meticulous detail all of the garbage that you want to get rid of once and for all. That's right, you need to include everything that needs to go.
If something holds you back, it has to go. If something prevents you from doing your best, you need to pitch it in the garbage. You need to make certain that any self doubts or self defeating thoughts are thrown in the trash pile too. Anything and everything that negatively affects your life in any manner whatsoever has got to go - and go right now.
Once you have assembled all of this negative garbage into one big junk pile, it's time to take out the trash. That's right! Get rid of it - all of it. Throw it away. Flush it, burn it, toss it, chunk it, discard it - but one way or another get rid of it all. Can you imagine all of the things you can do and the fun you can have when you have completely eliminated all of this rubbish from your life for good?
"Although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity, intellect and resources to do some thing about them."
This exercise of taking out the trash can be accomplished by periodically painting a sensory rich picture in your mind. You start by bringing this negative trash pile into full view in your mind. You should see and feel all of the pain this mess has caused you. You should think about all of the good things in life this worthless heap of negative conditioning has cost you. Now picture yourself throwing all of that negative garbage out for good! Let your mind and body feel the lifting of this unwanted burden once and for all. By mentally purging yourself of all of these negative influences, you completely free yourself to enjoy life at its very best.
This stress releasing exercise will leave you feeling refreshed, refocused and most importantly, fully re-energized. Your mind, at last unburdened by all of this negative clutter, is for the first time afforded the chance to see countless opportunities where obstacles once stood. You are now able to take off the blinders and see the real you, a you who feels absolutely fabulous and looks forward to an unlimited future.
You will discover that practicing these mental gymnastics is tremendously uplifting and rewarding and can be replayed whenever and wherever you need them. Any time you feel yourself slipping or falling off track, just take a few minutes and take out the trash.
The Bottom Line: Don't just sit there, take out the trash!
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