The holidays are over, it is now the first week of January 2016 and the whole year lies before us, fresh and clean and full of possibilities. So what’s our first step? It’s actually step #5 of the Adapter Factor.
Why should a new year start with the final step?
Because the others have prepared us for this, prepared us for what is going to set the stage for those wondrous events that await us –
Manage Your Environment
You’ve worked through the steps:
- Hit the Pause Button
- Assess the Situation
- Figure Out the Why
- Find Your Current GPS location
And now it’s time to see how your environment can support your commitment to adapt to change around you or hamper your finest efforts.
It’s called “environmental psychology.”
What does your environment say about you? What have you created in that home or business space? What have you created in that most personal of spaces – your bedroom?
These steps prepare you for those changes that come your way – everyday – so shouldn’t your environment support you?
At the end of the year, many people clean out their previous year’s receipts, preparing for taxes. They remove all the receipts into a file folder, separating taxable receipts from others. Some shred these, non-taxables, and some put everything into these folders, waiting for the 10 year deadline to pass before shredding them.
That done, they can start with empty folders and begin filling them up again.
So, what about our environmental file folders? What are you holding onto that doesn’t support this new life you are creating for yourself? What needs sorting, cleaning or just getting rid of?
How many of you added holiday decorations to your home this last month? Did you just add them to what was already there or did you pack away some everyday items and replace them with those sparkly treasures and lights?
Now as you pack away those holiday decorations, there will be clear spaces. Do you want to return the “everyday” items or do you want to try a fresh perspective?
Here’s an exercise:
Walk around a room – pick any one – starting from the door and moving to your right. Make a list of what you see – this works just as well in an office environment – this is what happens: we see the same things so often that soon we simply don’t see them anymore. Remember a spouse or loved one saying, “You don’t even notice me anymore!” They’ve become too familiar.
Take the next week and do this exercise and see how you feel.
It’s true: If You Don’t Manage Your Environment, It Will Manage You… Remember that if you need help, you can contact me.
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