Want to live a more prosperous life? You've got to start by getting rid of all the stagnant stuff.
What's that mean?
If certain parts of your life are stagnant - meaning they've lost the sparkle and vitality they once had - they can actually block you from living the life you want. It's no different than inviting some friends over for dinner and then piling a bunch of heavy boxes up against the front door. No matter how hard your friends try to get in, they won't be able to!
So how do you stop clutter and disharmony from blocking your prosperity?
First, you have to promise yourself that you're going to work firmly and efficiently to get rid of it. This can be harder than it sounds because it's not always easy getting rid of things that've fallen into disrepair. You may be emotionally attached to them, even if you know deep down that they're holding you back. The only way to prevent this is to be firm with yourself - and remind yourself that there's something newer and better out there.
Once you have that mindset in place, you can start removing the blockages. Begin by assessing your physical surroundings. Is there a lot of clutter in your house? Your car? Your office? If there is, think about how you feel in those places. Is your thinking cloudy? Do you feel a little depressed or lethargic? Do you feel confined? Physical clutter can do all those things!
That's why it's so important to get rid of it. Donate the things you no longer need or use. Then, clean and organize everything that's left over. When you see your desk get decluttered or when you see the floor and windows sparkle, you'll feel empowered.
More importantly, you'll be ready to take on what's next.
After you've physically cleaned everything up, it's time to clean up your financial life. Do you subscribe to magazines that you never bother to read? Cancel them. Do you have a high credit card balance? Pay some of it off. Have you balanced your checkbook lately? Go do it. Is there a pile of past-due bills sitting on the counter? Go through them.
Yes, this can seem overwhelming. But you don't necessarily have to take care of everything right this second. Even just coming up with a strategy to get them taken care of will make you feel like a major weight has been lifted off your shoulders. For example, creating (and sticking to!) a budget, contacting your creditors and setting up a payment plan, and starting a savings account will all help remove the blockages you've let build up. In the end, you'll have more peace of mind - meaning you'll enjoy greater prosperity.
Finally, tackle your emotional balance. If you're holding a grudge or dwelling on a past relationship, you're blocking prosperity from entering your life. Be honest with yourself, and identify any emotional habits that are holding you back. Once you do, you'll feel stronger spiritually, and you'll finally get rid of that empty or aimless feeling that's been weighing you down.
This can be the hardest challenge of them all, but simply tackle it the same way you did with your physical and financial clutter. When you figure out what's preventing you from living the life you want, get rid of it. Create a plan to resolve any emotional issues that you have, and commit to making long-term changes.
You may struggle at first to achieve these objectives, so pay attention to how you feel when you tackle even just a little bit. It's exhilarating to know you're making changes for the better, so embrace the exhilaration, and use it to motivate you to do more! Before you know it, better things will start flowing into your life - simply because you made room for them!
In his book You Were Born Rich, well-known self-development author and speaker Bob Proctor refers to "the vacuum law of prosperity", about which he writes:
"... if you sincerely desire to receive something which is new, you must first make room for it by ridding yourself of that which is old."
Calling it "an ironclad law of life".
Now, I don't know if that's really true or not, it's certainly not something Mr. Wattles addressed in his writings, however, personal experience tells me it may well be, or so it seems anyway.
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