I have found that my environment often represents what the inside of my brain feels like.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of cleaning up my external environment to obtain more focus and creativity. But let’s face it; it’s not always enough. That’s because sometimes it’s the other way around – my mind is cluttered and my environment is just reflecting that back to me.
You might struggle with completing your projects because you have so much clutter in your mind that you can’t think on purpose or in alignment with what you want.
That’s what today’s Tiny Talk is about: a simple process to help you clean up your mind so you can access your creativity.
Unless you have a full-time Musekeeper, this is one of the best tools to help you get unstuck, and move forward on your projects or any other area in your life.
A cluttered mind causes feelings of overwhelm, pressure, and stress. None of that is great for a creative life.
Creativity needs lots of space.
One of the most incredible things about being a human is that we can actually watch ourselves think. We can question our thoughts and we can create new ones and get better outcomes.
Think of your pets – they don’t ever question their thoughts. They just react to whatever is happening around them. They don’t have a conscious choice.
As a human, the ability to be aware and examine our thoughts is the most powerful tool available to us. It allows us to walk through life with intention and purpose, to think, believe, choose, and create the results and feelings we want in our lives. That is the ultimate freedom.
Before I share this process, I want to make sure it’s clear that there’s nothing wrong with having negative or undesirable thoughts. Nothing has gone wrong!
This tool will allow you to leverage all of your thoughts, both positive and negative ones.
I call this exercise “The Musekeeper.”
Step 1: Choose an area in your mind to clean up.
Think of your mind as a house. You could have a room for creativity, one for finances, health, relationships, leisure, learning, business.
Pick one room at a time because you can’t possibly clean a house all at once. The same is true for your mind.
Choose the room that feels most overwhelming or something that makes you want to procrastinate going into that room or avoid it altogether.
Step 2: Do a thought dump by writing down all your thoughts about that particular room in your mind.
You can also do a thought download on a particular goal, or an emotion, something you’re struggling with, or a new project.
Let’s try an example that many of you probably relate to.
One of the rooms in your mind might be “creativity,” and in that room might be several sections:
- Undone projects
- Disorganized projects
- Half-baked ideas
- Things that need to be marketed
- Skills to develop
Start with one “section” and do a thought download. Your thoughts can be good or bad, and they might look like pros or cons, but they are just thoughts.
Imagine you are just dumping them on the floor like an episode of Marie Kondo’s show where she had them take out everything in the closet and put it in one big pile.
My thought pile of “unfinished projects” might look like this:
- They will never be good enough
- I’m wasting my time
- I don’t want to spend any more time on this project
- I don’t feel attached to these
- It will feel good to complete them
- Someday I might want to revisit them
- They make me feel guilty
- They don’t count until they’re finished
- I want to let them go
- I got what I needed from them
- I’m going to finish them for the sake of finishing them
- I cringe when I read them
- What’s the point? They will never get made
- How will I know when it’s finished?
Step 3: Take each thought and run it through these three questions:
- Does this thought support me? If not, time to get rid of it.
- Would I choose this thought on purpose? Imagine someone gave you a big, huge book of thoughts and you could pick any thought you wanted. Would you pick that thought? If not, get rid of it.
- Does this thought belong in my future? Is this thought something that “future you” wants to be thinking? If not, get rid of it.
Now you can take the thoughts that are leftover and put them back into your mind intentionally, and even get some new ones from that great big book of thoughts that will serve you, support you, and will definitely belong in your future.
This doesn’t mean those other thoughts will never be back. I guarantee that they will. Nothing has gone wrong.
Just like with your house, dirt, mud, and life itself will track through your just-cleaned mind and you will get a few unwanted visitors. That is life and it’s all part of it. We’re not trying to get rid of the negative; we just need a process for cleaning it up regularly.
This process is what I do as a coach – help people examine their own minds to see what might be getting in the way of what they want to accomplish. If you would like additional help in this area, book a free chat with me. It would be my honor to help you with this.
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