It is said that nature abhors a vacuum. To have the opportunity to attract what you do want, such as a better relationship, more attractive clothes, or furniture, you must make room for your desires to manifest.
I am big reader of prosperity books and there is one piece of advice in all of them: the way you create prosperity is to rid yourself of what you don’t want in your life, because that makes room for what you do want. This includes negative thinking, sour attitudes, beliefs that hold you back, as well as material objects. This activates the Law of Vacuum.
If you’re living in fear of lack and tightly holding on to everything—your material possessions, your time, your love, your energy, or your ideas—you’re shutting yourself off from the flow of life. When you dam up a stream, the water becomes stagnant. When you close off the flow of your life, you become stagnant. The more unwanted things clutter your life, the less room there will be for the things you want to be able to appear.
A great universal secret of prosperity is passing along to others those things you no longer need. The more you give away the material possessions that you no longer need, the more love, appreciation, and praise the world will surprise you with, increasing your abundance in all areas of your life. Make it your goal to gift to others the material things that are no longer of use to you. Your junk can be someone else’s treasures.
When you move things, people, or situations that no longer serve you out of your life, you’re clearing the way for what you do want. It’s difficult to know what you do want until you get rid of what you don’t want or what is no longer working. Let the universe fill the vacuum.
The STUFF Diet
Now let’s have some fun and play The STUFF DIET. Keep in mind that you are going to have to prioritize and be honest about your “stuff.” It’s essential to get clear about what’s important in your life and what you really want out of life. To do this you have to be honest about what you really need, really use, and really want to keep in your space. We create our own clutter and we are the only ones who can clear it up for ourselves.
One of my pack rat coaching clients, Eric, reported back to me that he finally took my advice and did “The STUFF Diet” in the home in which he had lived for over ten years. After he completed the purge of all the junk he had accumulated, he felt the urge to get a professional decorator to help him get the Zen feeling he wanted.
For the first time he felt so good about his newly cleaned house that he started to have small Friday night parties. This dramatically expanded his social life which, to his surprise, gave him back the joy of entertaining that he had denied himself. One evening one of his friends brought a guest over to one of his parties and he met the love of his life, whom he married in less than a year. He reported to me that he would never have met her if he had not cleaned up his life and started being more social again.
Eric was so sold on “The STUFF Diet” that he created a contest at his business office to motivate his staff to clean up the office and remove unnecessary stuff. He very happily reported that his staff’s attitude went from tired, irritable, and short-tempered to more cooperative, relaxed, and creative about problem solving. He said he noticed a lighter energy at the office and his business improved dramatically. Eric’s letter to me confirmed what I have personally and professionally experienced: Simplifying home and work space clutter reduces stress and frees up your energy.
Find and Implement Systems That Work For You
Organization is key here and when you find and implement systems that work for you, you create a much more orderly environment. You will no longer feel overwhelmed by all the things you own and all the things you have to do to live your life.
You’ll want to take these suggestions and modify them to best fit your style and personality. I want to remind you here that you will receive from this exercise exactly the energy you invest in it; if you only halfway do something please expect halfway results. To break up what could seem like an enormous task, choose different areas in your home or office and give yourself permission to go on “The STUFF Diet” one area at a time.
All of life is the result of your focus so get excited about this new tool for success. Release what is not working so you can manifest what you do want. I promise you great results if you participate in how your environment is designed and maintained.
1. “The STUFF Diet” (Or Home Diet/Office Diet): Before you start, decide where you will take things to sell to consignment shops, or donate to charity, and also how you will have the old trash removed. This is a follow-up phase but setting it in place at the beginning is very important. Don’t just let this old stuff hang around and become another burden. Set a deadline for completion of this “diet.”
2. Create a holding place for things to be released. Make it easy to get rid of stuff. Designate separate spaces for items you want to sell, donate to charity, give away, or trash. I personally set up a place in my garage, although it can be a spare room or any place you can allow things to gather for a week or so. I like to do it this way because if you change your mind and think of a reason why you are really not ready to part with something, you have a grace period. That way you won’t regret letting something go.
3. Use big baskets, bins, or large strong boxes. Label them STORAGE, SELL, DONATE, THROW AWAY, and RECYCLE.
4. Set up a reward and accountability system. It’s important to get everyone on board. Make a commitment to releasing things and decide how many things per week everyone will commit to releasing. Everyone should have a DAILY GOAL. Something has to go each day. It can be as little as a pen that no longer works, but everyone has to play the game.
Reward with Experiences
The bottom line is to find ways to motivate your family or staff to release unwanted and unneeded things. For example: Kids love contests, so whoever can release the most gets a prize or special privilege. It could be anything from staying up later or a PJ party to horseback riding lessons.
Try to reward with experiences, not more material things. Customize the reward so that it’s something that makes them want to let go of the unneeded. Remember, we are all just big kids so find ways to reward and motivate every person who is part of the “The STUFF Diet.”
I want you to live every day with the peace of mind that results from having your home or office exactly the way you want it. Remember: You are in control of your stuff, and not the other way around.
Release Outdated Habits of Thought
We started “The STUFF Diet” to open ourselves up to more life energy and clarity. So far we’ve been focusing on material “stuff” but keep in mind that it would also behoove you to do some mental clean-up.
Mental de-cluttering and emotional de-cluttering are also extremely important because if not done, they can lead to self-imposed blockages, resistance, and massive frustration and stress. Holding on to grudges, anger, or bitterness blocks you from noticing and receiving good things in your life, as well as causes you to be frustrated, discouraged, unmotivated, and depressed.
How do you de-clutter in this way? Well, start by recognizing the predominant thoughts running through your mind and then the subsequent feelings you have as a result. What’s your general opinion and belief about your life and abilities to co-create it? What is your view on manifestation, your friends, your family, money, etc.?
Go through each area of your life and make a list of all the beliefs and feelings you have that pertain to each one. Let it all flow. Don’t hold back. The more honest and candid you are with yourself, the better. No one has to see your list; it’s between you and you.
Allow yourself to gently move away from acquaintances and friends who are no longer really friends. Just because you were close and had a lot in common at one time does not mean that you’re destined to be friends forever.
Give yourself permission to really see and let go of relationships that have grown in different directions. By continuing to spend your time with people you no longer really have a rewarding relationship with, you are preventing yourself from opportunities to meet and spend time with people that you would really enjoy or learn from.
Point to Consider
Most of us don’t remember “stuff” but we do remember experiences. Why not start creating your life with good memories instead of things that have to be insured, cleaned, or repaired!
There is nothing in this world that feels quite the same as looking around your home or office and seeing it in order. And there’s nothing more energy-draining than living with clutter, but it goes far beyond your own environment. De-cluttering will open new opportunities for you in your personal and career life because it frees up your life energy for new things.
De-cluttering releases the blocks that have been holding you back. It ignites the fires of energy within you—energy you didn’t even know you had! The stress in your face and body will ease and your confidence will return when you feel more in control. Things start to fall into place in every area of your life when you de-clutter your surroundings.
The truth is many of us have some pack rat or hoarding tendencies and it is not healthy for us. I want to leave you with this thought: Having too much stuff in your life causes confusion. Confusion creates complications, which is the opposite of simplicity.
De-clutter your life from the tangibles and intangibles that are no longer adding to your well-being. New substances, new relationships, and new opportunities do not flow easily into a cluttered environment.
Letting go and releasing what is no longer needed or wanted allows your life to be more organized and less stressed, and you will gain a sense of clarity. Apply this concept of “The STUFF Diet” to every area of your life and watch the clarity unfold for you, too.
©2015 by Lee Milteer. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher: Rainbow Ridge Books.
About the Author
Lee Milteer is an internationally known bestselling author, award-winning professional speaker, TV personality, entrepreneur, visionary, and intuitive business mentor. She is also a Reiki healer, a shaman, and runs a Metaphysical Mystery School, where she teaches students how to manifest on levels that mainstream education or business schools cannot teach. Lee has created and hosted educational programs airing on PBS and other cable networks throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of Success is an Inside Job and Spiritual Power Tools, as well as the co-author of ten books. Lee is the founder of the Millionaire Smarts® Coaching program, in which she provides success and spiritual advice and resources to people worldwide. You can find her at www.Leemilteer.com
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