Every now and then I read a status update on Facebook that really moves me. I’m not sure if I need to be in the mood to be moved or if there is a special magic that happens when I’m reading updates. But for some reason, a post made today really moved me and I felt an urgent need to DO SOMETHING. I had an epiphany.
The post was made by Jeff Combs, a wildly successful coach, mentor and business man. I have a special relationship with Jeff (although he doesn’t know it) because I listen to his CD’s every day and with each word spoken, I feel as though he is speaking to ME! If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to him, make it a priority to get to his site a buy a product or two….so back to what moved me :).
This is what the post written by Jeffery Combs said:
Procrastination tip of the day. Find one simple task in your business or life and do it. Sounds simple and it is. Pick up the phone, call leads, exercise, clean off your desk, clean out a corner of the garage. Get a 33 gallon garbage bag and throw everything away today you possibly can. Let Go.
This REALLY got me thinking about what types of things I had been putting off. I pondered this for several minutes and the one thing that kept coming back into my thoughts were the 8 plastic bins of my daughter’s clothes that were taking up so much space in our garage. I’m not just talking about her favorite clothes that I decided to keep, but EVERY stitch of clothing that my daughter (who is 3) has ever had. All folded and being stored.
This may not sound like a big deal…they are neatly stacked in the garage, not taking up too much room. Now you may be thinking that the reason I am keeping these clothes is because I don’t want to let go of them for sentimental purposes. That would be the obvious reason right?
Well….here is the truth:
When my daughter was born, we knew that we wanted to have another child. We didn’t know when that was going to be, but we knew that we wanted another. We were SO BROKE when my daughter was born that I didn’t know if we would be able to buy a whole new wardrobe for another child. So, putting the outgrown clothes in bins and saving them for the next child became a sort of habit for me.
After reading Jeffery Combs post today, I realized something VERY important and quite possibly life changing.
I AM EXPECTING TO BE BROKE.
I thought I was being smart by saving these clothes because who knows what our financial situation will be when we have another child so I want to MAKE SURE that we have clothes. But what I didn’t realize is that my thoughts will become my reality. THINK ABOUT THIS! What we think is who we are, therefore, if I think I will be broke, then I will be.
Our mind is a powerful thing. But the good news is that we can control our thoughts and therefore, we can control our destiny.
So my question to you is this:
What thoughts do you have that are holding you back?
What in your life do you need to LET GO OF?
Think about these questions and then MOST importantly, ACT on the them. I have these clothes listed on Craigslist right now…..because I WILL buy new clothes when we have another child. Mind over matter.
To Your Success.
Guest blog by Cheryl Van Ornum
Marilyn R Williams says
Very timely subject – have an associate that keeps telling me the same thing – “LET GO.” We really are our own worst enemy sometimes – especially when we think about the possibility of bad outcomes! Usually we do it innocently, in an attempt to prepare for the worst and head off misery, but, like you said, that just makes it happen. I will find something to do and something to let go of….
Have a great day,
I loved this post Cheryl.
I went through the exact same process and mindset last year. Gave away bags and bags of baby and toddler clothes .. if I need them again .. I’ll be able to get them again .. from a place of abundance! And as soon as I started doing that, with the clothes .. and a whole lot of other stuff, kept because it might come in useful .. well, the most amazing abundance started filling the gap .. not just stuff, but real abundance!
Thanks for a great bit of writing that moved me!