Getting your home organized will make you very uncomfortable! Are you ready? Is it important enough to you? Are you willing to be uncomfortable to reach your goals?
I’ve decided I’m willing to be uncomfortable in order to grow and reach my goals. Even though announcing it makes me uncomfortable. 🙂
The other night I was on the phone with a woman who struggles with disorganization. It is affecting many areas of her life. As we began talking she especially noticed her self esteem was very low. She’s stressed that someone might stop by. She’s embarrassed that her house looks like it does.
She knows she has “so many areas to work on.” But, what does she do instead? She told me she sits on Facebook, stuck in the scroll. Ignores what she needs and wants to do. Spends time AWAY from the house so she doesn’t have to face her stuff!
After we talked a while, I asked her what she wanted to do to move forward. She needed to make a decision. Moving forward and taking action required a decision. And she couldn’t decide. It was uncomfortable.
She REALLY wanted to. What she was learning was helping her. She believed the program was what she needed.
But…she needed to think about it.
Thinking about it DELAYS making a decision.
Guess what clutter is?
Not making a decision is clutter of the mind. Do you see it?
Plus, it’s one of the biggest time wasters.
Start practicing. Make one decision today. A yes or a no. Just decide.
Making a decision is uncomfortable.
How long will you put off what you are capable of doing just to continue what you are comfortable doing? – James Clear
This question from James Clear (author of Atomic Habits which I read and highly recommend) got me thinking this week about why some people change…become organized…and others do not.
Why do some people reach their goal, or fulfill their dream, and others do not?
It’s because one was willing to be uncomfortable. To make decisions. To take risks.
Not just uncomfortable once, but uncomfortable over and over. Many decisions.
Let’s look at it:
It’s comfortable to…
Complain about not having time.
Sit on Facebook and Instagram watching other people’s lives.
Keep things for now and think, “I’ll make a decision later.”
Live in your clutter.
Feel sorry for yourself.
Believe your excuses.
Don’t make decisions and you can continue to be comfortable.
It’s UNcomfortable to…
Take responsibility for your life, owning your choices and decisions along the way, instead of blaming someone or something else.
Set a goal and then manage and focus your mind, plan your actions, and follow through.
Invest hard earned money on mental health instead of eating out, vacations, and buying more stuff…
Practice organizing…over and over.
Get off the couch instead of wasting an hour on your phone or Netflix show.
Keep going after you fail, instead of just giving up.
Challenge what you are thinking.
Making decisions is SO important.
I’ve recently noticed that how we make decisions in one area is how we’re making them in other areas of our life.
Clutter = delayed decisions.
When we delay making a decision on what to do with an item(s), clutter builds. My mom clients do this when their kids bring home paper from school. They don’t make a decision and instead they add it to a pile. There ends up being a huge pile of paper clutter that eventually needs to be dealt with. Some put it all in a tub and continue avoiding decisions. More clutter. You can see how clutter starts to build up all around us.
When we delay making a decision, it’s because it’s uncomfortable in the moment. That produces clutter.
Here is the solution.
First, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
Then, make a decision…which will cause discomfort. Possibly MAJOR discomfort.
The result…The needle will start moving. You will start evolving into the person you want to become. Your dreams will come true. You will become organized and you will organize your home.
It’s the scariest but most amazing thing you could do.
Decide you’re willing to be uncomfortable. Then make some decisions.