I have a mantra that I use on a regular basis. “Life is too short to be mediocre.”
You don’t want to look back on your life and figure out you were just average. You don’t want to realize, in retrospect, that all of the years of work, all of the years in a relationship, all of the years of “doing” resulted in just middle of the road. No one wants to be average. We want to be great!
So, how do you turn mediocre into earth shattering greatness? You do it by eliminating the clutter so that you can focus your energy on realizing your greatness. Here are three actions that can help you do just that.
1. Remove the clutter from your calendar
I hear this phrase all of the time. “I’m too busy to….” Think about it for a second. Every time you run into a colleague or a friend and you ask them how it’s going, they almost always answer by saying how busy they are. They are too busy to take care of themselves. They are too busy to get all of their work done. They are too busy to hang out with people they really care about and who feed their soul. They are just too busy.
We wear “busy” as a badge of honor. As something for others to be jealous of. “I just don’t know how she does it all. She’s so busy all of the time. I wish I could do everything she does.”
I’m here to tell you. Busy is mediocre. Being busy leaves no time for greatness.
So, take a look at your calendar or how you spend your days. What items are crucial to you reaching your greatness goals? What items should be removed because they don’t benefit your business/career, relationships, or happiness in life?
Removing those items that don’t benefit the important areas of your life frees up space for greatness to grow.
2. Remove the clutter from your physical space
Have you ever heard the saying, “a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind”? (I think it’s an old proverb but maybe it’s not. I may have made it up. But if it’s not an old proverb, it should be.) Whether you’ve heard it or not, this statement is true. Research shows that an untidy workspace leads to a decrease in productivity and a lack of motivation.
A decrease in productivity and lack of motivation makes greatness impossible and leaves you stuck in the land of mediocre.
Take a look at your desk and your office to identify all of the items that distract you or don’t serve you in your business. Remove them. Take a look at your house and your car to identify all of the items that don’t serve you in your life and remove them. Doing so allows you to focus and process information. It also keeps you from wearing down your mental resources. Increased focus, increased ability to process information, and increased mental resources all support the development of greatness.
3. Remove the clutter from your mind
Finally, take a look at clutter in the less obvious places in your life. For instance, your mind. A cluttered mind is restless. It moves in so many directions at once that it gets nowhere.
Mental clutter can include worrying about things outside of your control, not letting go of the past, refusing to forgive, keeping a mental “to-do” list, harboring complaints, etc. Decluttering your physical space, like we’ve already discussed, will help to a certain extent. You can also write things, like your “to-do” list down so you don’t have to remember everything. You can also keep a journal to acknowledge and deal with worry, things from your past, and big dreams/goals.
Another great way to handle mental clutter is to stop multi-tasking. Research shows we are less effective and less efficient when we multi-task. So, allow yourself to focus on only one thing at a time so that you can do each task with greatness, instead of with mediocrity.
This week, I want you to work on removing the clutter from your life. Removing the clutter allows us to remove the things that hold us back energetically so that we can make space for the items that do help us move forward and flourish. And every time you add something to your calendar, your space, or your mind, be sure they fit with your grandest vision. Be sure they fit with your greatness.