2011 is right around the corner! We all have those over-zealous New Year Resolutions and before we can begin something new we must first clear out the old. Before you start freaking out with less than 48 hours left before 2011, relax and know that you still have time to clear out before the New Year! It’s okay if 2010/2011 overlap for your goals!
Sometimes I like to think of “killing” parts of myself off, so that I am constantly birthing new ideas and making room for new and great things to appear in my life! The expression “Spring Cleaning” comes to mind, however spring is a time to plant seeds and watch them grow and blossom! Would you plant seeds in an un-weeded garden? Heck no! Take this time now to think about what you want, what you don’t want, process it, weed it out and lay fertilizer for 2011! Rome wasn’t built in a day! Here are a few ways you can reflect and clear out anything negative or that no longer serves you, great ways to “clean out your closet” so to speak…
1. Make a list!
Write down things are no longer serving you spiritually, mentally, and physically. Don’t worry about how you will change it or clear it out; just seeing it on paper sometimes is very powerful and a reminder that you actually want to change and remove it.
2. Physically clean out your spaces!
Remember that everything is energy, and by clearing out dormant and static energy, you are allowing room for new energy to come through. This is one of the most symbolic ones to me because you can see automatic results. If you hate cleaning alone, make an event out of it, take the day with your spouse, your family or friends, order pizza and just do it! I did this a few months back. I went through everything, and I mean everything. I still had high school pictures hanging in my room, old magazines and of course clothes that I haven’t worn in years. If it no longer serves who you are or represents what you want in your life, get rid of it, put it in storage or remove it altogether. Ask yourself if you would want those items to represent you now in the present or in the future. That is why I took down my high school pictures; they were once a part of my life that no longer represents who I am. I took my most valuable memories and framed them to display in my room. Just as with my NFL cheering days, I got rid of all the memorabilia I had in my room, the football jerseys, the calendar pictures, team posters etc, and left one or two framed pictures as memories. And if you haven’t worn something in over a year, get rid of it or donate it. I have all sorts of little tips for cleaning. One little tid-bit: Buy all matching closet hangers; keep it one material and one color, whether it is plastic, wood or wire. It will keep a nice even flow in your closet and will make finding clothes easier. I never thought it mattered, but I still had kid-hangers holding my expensive dresses…not cool!
3. Breakup with yourself.
Make a commitment to yourself by breaking up with the old you! Sounds like an oxymoron, make a commitment but breakup? Let me explain. Let’s face it, we all have things we are not so particularly proud of, those ever haunting “skeletons in the closet”. Now is the time to come to terms with them. Remember that is who you were and you now have a chance to be. Just like your credit card statement, don’t look at it as a representation of who you are, but who you were. Those were choices you made before, but this is now. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Same with our “lose weight” resolutions, whatever it is you want to lose or you think you have gained is a representation of who you were. You now have the power to change it!
Take a slot of time out of your day to literally setup a date between you now and you then. You can do this by meditating, lying down, or actually giving yourself a coffee date. Explore the conversation that occurs within you. You will probably find that your old self made decisions that would no longer serve you now. You will begin to see that these are old thought patterns and ideas that only served you at that time in your life. And by all means, allow room for mistakes. Say goodbye gently and move on.
4. Take a chance!
Part of clearing out sometimes means that you have no idea what lay ahead of you, and sometimes that is downright terrifying; time to crumple up and throw out those naughty and self destructive behaviors. You know what I am talking about, that ugly job, that unhealthy relationship or little bad habits like tanning, smoking or drinking that we can’t seem to give up! Lately I have felt like a 12 year old boy going through puberty, my skin breaking out and I’m staring into a pale complexion, but I just can no longer damage my skin for years to come with harsh extremes. And as bad as I’m craving that tanning bed, I’m staying away! Trust that you have the power to change and that better solutions to your problems are just around the corner. You don’t have to know what they are, just know that they will happen.
Ohhh now doesn’t that feel good!? Happy New Year Everyone!
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