When I tell my clients that they need to declutter their homes and relationships to achieve the success they want in their businesses, I'm typically met with some skepticism. If you've never thought about it before, it can be confusing to think that the things we keep with us physically and mentally can have an impact on our business lives.
In truth, however, clutter in our physical environments and relationships energetically blocks the flow of abundance, getting in the way of the success we are reaching for.
But it makes sense, doesn't it? When we have clutter and unwanted stuff in our lives, there isn't space for the abundance we are seeking. We want more money, nicer clothes, more delicious food, yet all we have is lots of mediocre, old, unused crap taking up our precious space.
This applies to our mental and emotional environments as well. Often we hold onto resentment and deny forgiveness, then wonder why it's so challenging to feel grateful and truly appreciate the things we have that matter.
If you're serious about manifesting and welcoming abundance into your 2015, here are some ways you can physically and mentally declutter your life.
Declutter Your Physical Environment
This applies to the physical space you spend your time in on a day-to-day basis: your home, workspace and even your car. Aside from getting rid of the things you don't use anymore, you should also eliminate the items that are not invited into the next phase of your life with you.
Picture the vision you hold for yourself — the abundance you want, the success you need to achieve, and the place you want to be by the end of 2015. Is that old stained T-shirt or towel with holes welcome in that picture?
Go through every room in the house, every drawer and cabinet. Evaluate if what you're finding meets the high standard of the improved version of your life you're working toward. How many spices in your cabinet have never been used? Are you ever going to find the lid for that Tupperware? How about socks without matches or clothes that don't fit? They don't belong here, I promise.
When you physically remove these things, you create space for new, improved items. Recently I spent a lot of time decluttering my bathroom of old makeup and half-used lotions or soaps, and the next day a gift from a friend showed up on my door step full of chemical-free, mostly organic self-care goodies. Clear that space so the abundance can come in.
Declutter Your Relationships
It might feel a little unnatural to talk about decluttering your relationships like you would do with your belongings, but similar rules apply. We're all directly influenced by the people we choose to surround ourselves with; that's something we learn at school and carry with us through the rest of our lives. To declutter your relationships, you need to be around people who love and support you. When you're looking to attract abundance, surrounding yourself with others who are abundant is extremely important.
Declutter Your Emotional Baggage
Practice forgiveness — forgiving yourself and others.
Get rid of the fear that lives in your head. This fear will confuse you, keep you playing small, and get in the way of your success.
Stop procrastinating and prioritize. Delegate and eliminate all of it so you aren't drowning in overwhelm.
Allow yourself to see past the things that have hurt or disappointed you and visualize them as steppingstones and lessons to be learned from.
Release your frustration. This is a must if you want live in the present and not the past.
Everyone has emotional clutter. It's natural. The important thing is to recognize and declutter your emotional baggage so that it doesn't prevent you from seeing and taking the opportunities that are right in front of us. When you can release the painful baggage you've been hanging onto, great transformation is possible.
Kathleen Ventura is a life and business coach, a TEDx speaker and a whole foods enthusiast. Making a move in 2012 that would terrify even the bravest of non-conformists, Kathleen quit her high-pressure sales job in the city, sold everything and set out to ride her bike across the United States. After 2 years of perpetual travel, she found her calling as a life and business coach for beginner female entrepreneurs. Kathleen now coaches women on the verge of quitting their day job to step into full time entrepreneurship. In her signature course Start Your Coaching Practice™ she helps new coaches understand and implement what is necessary to build a foundation for a successful coaching practice.