My friends looked at me and laughed hysterically, “What the heck does Van Halen have to do with spring and throwing the windows open?”
They had a point…
When I lived in Chicago and the weather finally started to turn from cold and gray to luke warm; Van Halen went on my stereo, I let in the fresh air and started cleaning.
Spring clean your mind
The first day of spring is upon us. Time to open the windows, maybe not blare Van Halen, clean the house and most importantly clean your mind and life.
Yes, it’s time to clean out the last three months of junk that has collected in your gray matter since you bravely set out on your New Year’s Resolutions. By the way, how are those going? If you’ve fallen off, go read this post.
It’s time to get rid of thoughts, habits and cutter that keep you from leading a bigger life and time to bring in some new practices to get you to where you want to go.
Sweep out your mind and get rid of these:
- Ditch a bad habit. Ask yourself, what is one habit that I need to change and if I did what would it do for my life? It can be a biggie like quitting smoking, drinking or eating garbage foods or it can be smaller, like not watching so much TV. Whatever it is, take the time and clean out a habit that has been holding you back.
- Lose one friend who is an energy vampire. You know who I’m talking about. This is the person who complains, bitches and moans about life. They come to you to unload what isn’t working for them and how bad everything is. Take a stand and politely bid him/her adieu. I know this can be tough, but you are your friends and if you want to make some changes to lead a bigger life, you need to let go of toxic relationships.
- Expel a fear. This can be a big challenge for some, but it’s all about taking baby steps. Ask yourself, what is one fear that is holding me back? What would your life be like if you no longer had this fear? What would be able to do that you cannot do right now? Get present (read this post on self-awareness) in the now, create awareness around your fear, commit to facing it and start taking action (read this to build up some confidence) daily towards overcoming it.
- Clear out stuff. Clutter and extra material items impact your entire life. Take time to clean out your office, closet, computer and home. Get rid of all the things that do not serve a purpose now or in the future. The less clutter around you means less clutter in your mind. Simplify and create space to think.
- Dump a belief that has been holding you back. Basically, any belief where you say “I can’t”. Such as, I can’t change careers or I can’t lose 10 pounds. Now to be fair, maybe you can’t be an Olympic sprinter, but you can do the other two. Start really digging into a belief and why it stops you from achieving what you really want. Get started by asking these two powerful questions: What is the belief serving? For what purpose are you holding onto this belief?
Spruce up your life and add these:
- Start journaling everyday and track your life. What works and what doesn’t? Stop floating and start taking some control over your life and where it’s going. How are you spending your time? Is it on things worth spending time on? The truth is, you probably spend a lot of time wasting precious hours on things that don’t matter and then complaining that you can’t fit in things that do.
- Get healthy. Have you packed on a few winter pounds? Go on a spring detox and flush out the winter toxins or commit to living healthier by exercising (read this post to get more info on why exercise is good for your brain) a few days a week and eating better. Your ability to succeed in life is connected directly to your energy. So start giving your body and mind more of what it needs, eat better and exercise.
- Get creative. Add some fun back in to your routine and try starting up an activity again that you used to enjoy or something brand new. Being creative is key human need and I bet you don’t spend enough time creating something just for you. Maybe it’s, painting, writing or music? Whatever it is for you, commit to flexing your creativity muscle and have some fun.
- Build or repair one relationship. This relationship needs to be powerful, positive and affirming. Get to know someone new or re-connect with that someone who provided a spark in your life. Leading a bigger life is about healthy positive relationships. The more you have the better.
- Be out in nature. Like me, I bet you spend the majority of your day indoors, either at home, in the office or in the car. It’s time to get outside and reconnect with nature a bit. Nature (get inspired by reading some quotes here) gives you space to breathe, let go of work and reconnect with the present moment. It can be as simple as spending time your deck or going to a park. Just commit to being outside for at least 15-30 minutes a day.
So, start letting go of what doesn’t serve your life or goals and start doing what does.
Commit to take one action every day on each and start moving forward. Come next spring, you will be amazed by your results.
Spring clean your mind and start leading a bigger life.
I’d love to hear from you
Now in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
What are some additional ways you spring clean your mind and life? What has worked really great for you and what hasn’t?
What’s your favorite spring music that put’s you in a mood of renewal?
Make your comment specific as your stories, ideas and experiences help us all.
Thanks for being here, for contributing — for listening and for being a part of my journey.
Commit to leading a bigger life to live in a better world!