Saturday, March 3, 2012

ORDERING YOUR THOUGHTS...THE FIRST STEP

     THIS BOOK SHARES HOW CHANGING YOUR BRAIN CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Are you disorganized, a "messy", or just wanting to finally get things in order in your life? The place to begin is in your thoughts and mind. YUP! You need to ORDER your mind  and thoughts before you do anything else! Sure you can get a drawer organized and even your whole house in order, but if your mind is cluttered, eventually things will move themselves back into the same old mess! Everything begins in the mind...even ordering your life!

So here are 4 steps to begin "decluttering"  and "reordering" your mind and thoughts:

1) Make an INTENTIONAL DECISION to have a WELL ORDERED LIFE!
     You must decide, once and for all, that you want order in your life and you are ready to take the steps necessary to make it happen. You know you'll enjoy the "FEEL" of finding more time to do the things you like to do with a well ordered life. You know the peace and serenity you'll experience when your life is more orderly. Make a list of the benefits of the well ordered life and read it daily. Really come to understand and accept how ordering your life can transform everything! You are READY!

2) VISUALIZE your WELL ORDERED LIFE!
      Consider and dream about how your life may work if all areas of your life are organized and running smoothly. Of course there are always going to be some minor setbacks but in general, try to visualize your life FINALLY WORKING. You awaken in the morning and everyone has time to calmly get ready for the day sitting down for breakfast together. If you work outside the home, your work things are ready to go on the table next to the door. Your home is neat and clean. You leave the house with your bed made, kitchen cleaned from breakfast and knowing you won't be coming home to a mess. You even had time to throw dinner into the crockpot and you anticipate the aromas you'll come home to. The kids were all ready and had their school  items waiting by the door. Now you're saying,"Yeah, right! Never going to happen!" Well, maybe not EXACTLY but you can get pretty close and who knows maybe it will  be EVEN BETTER than you imagined! To SET this well ordered life into your mind and thoughts, you'll need to write about it in a  notebook. It's important to start out with a NEW notebook to help you feel you're starting FRESH. It doesn't have to be an expensive one, however. Now, in your new notebook, describe the orderly spaces, the lack of clutter, the neat and clean house, the organized  family schedules, orderly finances, planned recreation and vacation times, and even having time to relax in your own little "COZY SPOT". Write this out in the present tense as if you're seeing it happen NOW and also describing how it makes you feel. Example: I come home from work and my home is neat and orderly. I know where to find everything because everything has a "home". This makes me feel relaxed and in control. I have time to sit down in my favorite "COZY SPOT" to have a cup of tea and relax before dinner. I feel happy that I have time for myself and our home is orderly and relaxing for my family.

3) Create  a VISION BOARD or VISION PHOTO BOOK of photos of your WELL ORDERED LIFE!
       Find organized photos  from magazines of the spaces you'd like to create, a photo of someone sitting in their favorite spot relaxing with a book and a cup of tea, a photo depicting a favorite vacation destination, creative spaces you'd like to have, less stress about financial worries, anything that shows what you'd be wanting in a well ordered life.  This will be something that you will do on an ongoing basis to stay motivated  and to keep your thoughts thinking orderly. Whenever you find a photo that says to you, 'YES, that is how I want to live!", cut that photo out and put it in your book or on your board. You can also find ideas on my PINTEREST board!

4) STAY FOCUSED and in the PRESENT MOMENT!
          Order in your life requires that you PAY ATTENTION to detail. Stay on top of things by "being in the moment" so you can actually SEE the needs in front of you. To have your thoughts thinking of things other than what is in front of you leads to confusion and disorganization. For example, if your thoughts are on what you need to do tomorrow when you come home for work, you may: 1) drop your keys off somewhere without thinking and then not remember where you put them.  2) Forget about the time and not get dinner on as planned. 3) Answer the phone and get distracted from what you REALLY wanted to do. There are many things vying for your attention, but if you stay in the moment and focused on your plan, then you will be more in control of your life and will be better able to stay on the current task in front of you. If you DO INDEED have to work on something for tomorrow, you can set aside time specifically for that need and focus on that alone. You'll be better able to deal with that issue with your full attention instead of while on the run.

If you begin your journey toward a well ordered life by spending some time changing your thoughts, and planting those visions of your ideal organized life in your mind, you will be well ahead of the game and you'll have less set backs.

This is also a FUN exercise! So begin NOW having some fun! As you begin putting these ideas in your mind and thoughts you will also see yourself FEELING more and more excited about getting your life in order. Since your brain does not know reality from what you merely visualize,when you are planning your vision books or board you will begin feeling as happy  as if you've already become more organized. Can you imagine how you'll feel when you actually DO ORDER YOUR LIFE AND HOME? You'll LOVE IT!

1 comment:

  1. This is a great read, I'll need to bookmark it:) I'm returning the follow, I'll be chatting with you soon:)

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