What happens with all this accumulation and there is no room left – fatigue, dissatisfaction, and disillusionment? Life keeps getting more and more cluttered; more stuff, more information, more competition, more challenges, more, more, more…
How can we make more room in our lives for increased health, family, productivity, contributions? We can make SPACE.
Select what is important. In Wayne Dyer’s The Awakened Life, he mentioned that when we identify that we as human beings really have one business – the people business. Now I realize that that is my business, all the other clutter that shows up really moves lower on the responsibility ladder.
Clearly identifying a purpose filled with passion can lead to great discoveries and adventures. This already takes some pressure off and to quote Thoreau – we don’t need to “live lives of quiet desperation,” as we try to own more, do more and be more.
Prioritize our goals. It’s great to have goals. It’s not so great to have copious, competing objectives goals. Come on, you know exactly what I mean. The job, the family, the interests, the wants and needs certainly can stack up and become almost too distracting. Collect all the goals in one area, make a list and establish what is really important. The rest, cross off the list or move to a “someday” list for future reference.
This is where the “selections” need to narrowed down and re-ordered so that the “NEEDS verses the WANTS list. All too often, we overlook what we need to do and put our wants first to be done comes up to the top.
Assess the choices that affect the quality of character, relationship, work and ultimately life building Reviewing choices is for quality not quantity. Buying more stuff may feel great at the time. However, accumulation of stuff leads to more clutter, more stuff to move, clear and clean.
Shakespeare once wrote, “The choices we make dictate the life that we lead.” Assessing what is controlling our lives, our wallets, our relationships, our work becomes a fabulous space saving exercise. It’s really liberating to evaluate and eliminate all that excess waste.
Collaborate with others. Connecting and building the best relationships is a life giving enterprise. Collaboration involves being authentic with others and allowing them to be authentic with you. These relationships are build on mutual respect and appreciation.
Collaborative relationships are “win-win” for all. No one is doing more than is required or sacrificing time and talent. Cooperation is encouraged. Conflicts are resolved in a healthy manner and mutually agreed upon goals and objectives are met.
Enjoy life. When we know what is important because we have selected our purpose, , prioritize our goals, assess our choices and collaborate with others, we can really enjoy work and life.
Today – choose to make SPACE and see if you don’t have a more positive, enjoyable day.