Published monthly by Sharon Eakes, Hope Unlimited, LLC
FOCUS: If You're Stuck, Clean a Closet
Disciplines: Personal mastery, Systems Thinking

"If you're feeling stuck in any area of your life, clean a closet or a drawer."
Thomas Leonard

Yesterday I took my vacuum cleaner to the fix-it shop. It had stopped picking things up. The repairman flipped the switch and said immediately, "Clogged inside." He disappeared to the back room for a short time and reappeared with the vacuum and a big smile. "The difference will be amazing," he said, "it's been getting clogged for a long time."

Here is a fact. When people who are overwhelmed or stuck in some way clean a closet or a drawer, they feel better. It's because we are each a system...and a clog in one part of the system bogs down the whole. Even out-of-sight, long ignored basement collections take up space inside of us and require invisible energy. We are very like my vacuum cleaner - getting clogged up over time.


1) Close your eyes and choose the first closet or drawer or corner of your desk or refrigerator or small section of the basement or attic that comes to mind.
2) Now purge and clean. The purge part is hardest. Here are guidelines: If you can't say "yes" to one of these questions, throw it out.
a. Do I love it?
b. Is it still alive for me?
3) If you have trouble getting going, team up with a friend and help each other get into a purge and clean frenzy.
4) Target another area in a week.

When you unclog even a small part of the system, you will find it easier to complete things, start things, move forward freely. Because time and space are connected, when you get more space, you will also get more time. And like the vacuum cleaner, you will be able to do more of what you were meant to do.

Please join me for a 45-minute telegathering to go into more depth about getting going by cleaning a closet. There will be a surprise at this telegathering! Call Wednesday, March 31 at 12 noon EST (11:00 a.m. CST, 10:00 a.m. MT, 9:00 a.m. PST) 1-858-300-3030, Access code: 720720 No need to register....just call at that time!

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