Spring Clean Your Mind

Stress-less-speaker-Colette-CarlsonIsn't it interesting how, when spring fever hits, we spend time and energy organizing closets, washing windows and throwing out junk from the garage? Well, at a minimum we think about tackling these projects! Yet, we never take time to clear out negative thoughts or limiting thinking. We cling to those self-sabotaging subtleties that prevent us from living a life filled with clarity, purpose and joy. As the seasons change and the birds begin to sing, the weather warms and the trees bloom, it’s the perfect time to purge our mind of stinking thinking.

Where to begin? The first step in the quest for a mental un-cluttering is awareness. Recognize when your inner committee (always more than one!) shows up and starts chirping about your abilities. “You can’t do that!” “You’re too old to change careers.” “You’re not smart enough to start your own business.” All LIES (Limiting Ideas Eliminate Success) to strip your confidence and cause you to take a step back, do nothing, and play it safe. Lies that get you to quit before you begin. Lies covertly protecting you from harm, when in truth they are causing you continuing, unnecessary pain.

Play a game with yourself and notice how many times the LIES pop up on a daily basis to make you feel guilty ("I yelled at my kids, I’m a horrible parent"), to make you doubt yourself ("I better not ask for a raise, it's not a good time"), or to make you play small ("Even though my company pays for university classes, I can’t handle the homework"). Pay careful attention to the distinction between the fact and the falsity.

The truth is you raised your voice at your children, but it doesn’t necessarily make you a bad parent – that’s the lie. The truth is you may have to adjust your schedule, ask for help, or be tutored to manage college homework, but that you can’t handle it – there’s the lie. The truth is you’ve managed everything that has shown up in your life thus far. Why couldn’t you deal with this one too?

Becoming aware of how these LIES control your decisions is critical to making positive change. Just like old clothes that no longer fit, it’s time to let go of thoughts that don’t serve you to free up space and energy to go after what you now know you want.

Remember, our minds can only hold one thought at a time. You decide what to keep and what to toss. Why not focus on your gifts and incredible talents? Grab the Windex, wipe off the mirrors of your mind and see clearly how bright and brilliant you are meant to be. And that’s no lie.

About

Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at http://www.ColetteCarlson.com or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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Comments

  1. WHOA! GREAT stuff, Colette! And THIS is why I believe that motivational speakers play a vital, crucial, VERY important role in our lives. They may tell us something that we don't know – but many times they do just what you do here – they REMIND us of what we already know but may have forgotten. And then they lovingly show us how to fix the problem. Thank you for this one!!

  2. Hey Colette – you write so eloquently.  Sometimes I forget that our audiences don't practice, study, and spend energy on being positive on purpose like us motivational speakers do.  It's blogs like this that remind me that more people need to hear more messages of hope and inspiration.  So, I'm getting the windex out and cleaning the mirror where the committee in my head says people already know what I have to say.  Thanks for the reminder that we need to keep going with our positive messages!

  3. Even seasoned motivational speakers who help people discover their best selves need a good spring cleaning (and summer and fall and winter).  It seems to be human nature to be our own devil's advocate, doesn't it? Even though some of us are aware and can identify the "lies" as soon as they happen, they still happen.  My voices are a little softer and a little further apart but I'm grateful for your reminder to focus on our gifts and talents!

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