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January 2013

Creating Space

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We tend to hold on to things we think will make us better. Those size-smaller pants that we want to fit into one day. The personal finance books we’ll use when we make more money. The books we’ve read (or have been meaning to get to….) years ago.

In an effort to be the best version of ourselves, some of us become hoarders of the material things that we think will bring out the best of us. Yet, how often do those little motivational tactics turn into shameful reminders? Of what we meant to do or worse, what we’re not.

Giving yourself permission to let go of the things you use to “make yourself better” means also giving yourself permission to move forward regardless of how significant those losses may feel. Creating space in your current life is a foundational step in creating the ideal life you’ve desired but didn’t know how to make happen.

Cleaning house

January is a good month to create some space in your life – physically and emotionally. Creating physical space – getting rid of those not-so-great reminders – frees up space emotionally. Eliminating the clutter, the junk, the “what if’s” and “when’s” means letting go of a reality that’s decent and making the first step for the one you truly desire.

Why save the cleaning for spring when you can start now, at the beginning of the year, to get rid of the unnecessary clutter in your life. Starting with the things you need to eliminate is the easiest: clothes you haven’t worn in years, exercise DVD’s collecting dust, the old sofa you’ve been meaning to take out to the dumpster — or better yet, donate these things to charity for a tax deduction.

Once you’ve let go of a lot of the junk, you’ll be more cognizant of what you allow to flow into your life. Being more aware of the affect specific people, places and things have on you helps keep your life unpolluted and your finances in check. Creating space isn’t just an exercise in cleaning; it’s a lifestyle.

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Creating space in your life is a great first step to making your dreams a reality. Don’t be afraid to let go things you’ve held on to for support; often times, the things that we kept in hopes of making us better are actually holding us back from our full potential. Start eliminating the clutter in your life today; raid your closet, sort through the stack of papers on your desk or clean out  whatever space needs some decluttering.

Removing the unwanted physical and emotional junk in your life creates the space for the true abundance you’ve been seeking. This foundational step will set you up for a future full of wealth and a reality you will love living.

 

Your Time Is Now! 2013 is the Year of Abundance

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Out with the old and in with the new! 2013 is the year to find out what it is that you really desire in life and find a way to make it your reality. Begin to nurture yourself; clear space in your life for your goals and release everything in your life that does not serve your best interests.

The blame game: who is really at fault?

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For even the most secure individual, it can sometimes be challenging to admit being wrong. And that is never more apparent when we realize the decisions we’ve made, in retrospect, weren’t the best for us. We feel shame for being so ignorant to our true needs and embarrassed that we didn’t figure that out sooner.

Those types of feelings we have about life’s peaks and valleys are completely normal, and they act as a guidebook on our journey of the things we truly need in our lives. Yet instead of accepting those moments as learning experiences, we take on a negative view and write them off as failures. We develop a chip on our shoulders, and we stumble on these supposed roadblocks. Then, in our lowest moment, we place blame.

We point at our parents for not being supportive enough. Our friends for not believing in our ideas. Our bosses for not giving us that raise we deserve. Our spouses for not understanding our vision. We spend so much time blaming other people for mishaps in our own lives that we essentially give our power of choice away.

It’s much easier to blame someone else for what’s wrong in your life than to stop, take a hard look in the mirror and accept your responsibility. The part you play in your own life is more important than the one that any other person plays. Remember – what happens in your life is, to a great degree, what you allowed to transpire.

You can place blame all you want, but you are avoiding the real issue: you’ve lost control and you need help. It’s time to take responsibility for what goes on in your world. Those bad habits you picked up along the way aren’t anything that anyone gave to you; they are things you actively participated in.

Action step

The good news here is that as easy as it was to place blame, it’s just as easy to choose to do something different. The power of choice is undeniably robust. Choosing to take responsibility for your own life is one of the most empowering decisions you will every make. It will change your life in ways you didn’t think were possible, and you’ll be able to accomplish more than you imagined.

If you truly want control over your life, it’s time to take responsibility of your actions. Spend time these next few weeks rewiring your thinking. Every time you feel like blaming someone else for something happening in your life, stop. Tell yourself that what happened is a result of your actions, and that you can change those actions whenever you are ready.

Take back the control in your life by refusing to place blame. Redirect your energy from the negative to the positive by encouraging yourself to make healthier choices. And allow the things you love to flow freely by taking responsibility over of your life.