Burt finally rid himself of the attitude of confusion and defeat that would grip him almost every morning when he would go to work. He’d look at his cluttered desk and feel defeated before the day began. He’d mutter to himself, “the business world is just ‘too confusing’ for me to handle.”
What happened that changed Burt’s attitude? One day he was talking to a neighbor who not only owned a very successful business, but also spent a lot of extra time playing golf. He asked the neighbor, “Don’t you ever feel confused and defeated?” The neighbor advised, “Learning to feel confident and in control begins with clarity. Take a look around you and rid your life of everything that reminds you of clutter – clean it up immediately. Maybe it’s your garage space or a closet in the cellar; perhaps it’s your office desk – clean it up. You will be startled at how quickly your attitude will change.”
This was all that Burt had to hear. He immediately went to his office and took all day cleaning up his desk, organizing his files and neatly putting away all the things in his office that reminded him of clutter and confusion. By the end of the day, he could feel the difference.
Burt is now a firm believer that if you want your life to run smoothly (be it business or any other area of your life), you must clean up everything in your environment so it reminds you of clarity, not clutter … of control, not defeat.
1. What is your cluttered desk?
2. What makes you feel confused and defeated?
It can be something as simple as the cabinet space beneath the kitchen sink or even the trunk of your car. What will you clean up so that you may feel more in control of your life?