Hi Daring Divas! April is here and spring is in the air! I don’t know about you, but springtime gives me the itch to clear out my closets, get organized, and throw away anything in my life that’s no longer serving me.
Spring Cleaning—Daring Diva style is about so much more than cleaning out the cobwebs from your closet and scrubbing the dirt off the shelves in your pantry; it’s about reevaluating your whole life from the inside out, and getting rid of those thoughts in your head, the events on your schedule, and the relationships in your life, that keep you stuck and stagnant. Spring is about GROWTH and new life, and it’s tough to give birth to new things if you have a bunch of dirty baggage holding you down.
The four areas of your life that I’m going to help you “Spring Clean” are your: Space, Schedule, Relationships, and Thoughts.
Yes, this does have to with cleaning out the cobwebs, but we’re going to take it a step further. I challenge you to get rid of at least one thing you’ve been holding on to for sentimental reasons, that is a connection to the “old you”. The person you no longer aspire to be. If it helps, have a release ceremony and take a moment to honor your process of letting go. Next, think about the positive qualities of who you are now and who you want to become and say these qualities out loud in the mirror after you release your object.
Schedules can get so disorganized and cluttered, so what better time than spring to reevaluate what’s on your schedule and do some clean’ in up? In Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he tells us, “Don’t prioritize your schedule — schedule your priorities.”
To schedule only your priorities, requires that you become an expert at saying “no” to things that aren’t priorities. Your priorities are those things that move you closer to living in alignment with your core values.
My challenge to you: say “no” to three things on your schedule, in the next week, that don’t move you closer to living in alignment with your core values.
Relationships either give you energy or suck your energy dry. In the name of spring-cleaning your life, don’t put any more time into relationships that suck your energy dry. This may mean bringing closure to a dwindling romance, setting boundaries with an intrusive parent, or choosing to put your time and effort into friendships with women who reciprocate.
My challenge to you: take one step by the end of this weekend to “spring clean” your relationships. What will you do?
Did you know that the average person thinks about 70,000 thoughts per day? If only 10% of those thoughts are self sabotaging or based in fear, that comes to 7,000 negative thoughts per day!
The first step to stop this negative mental garbage is become aware of it. Most of the time negative thinking happens unconsciously. To become aware of your negative thinking, keep a journal and start writing down your negative thoughts throughout the day. Do this for one full week. At the end of the week look it over and notice any themes. Maybe you’re constantly worrying about money, or degrading your self worth. Now that you know your theme(s), create a positive phrase to negate those themes and replace any negative thoughts with your new phrase. This practice takes dedication. It’s not easy to change years of negative thinking, but with persistence, it is possible.
Spring cleaning your space, schedule and relationships are all important, but spring cleaning your thoughts is perhaps the most important of all. Why? Because your thoughts create the reality you experience in all other areas of your life. What new reality would you like to give birth to this spring?
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