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Step 3-Find Abundance in a World of Scarcity

abundanceWe’re right in the middle of a five-part series. First we talked about feeling fortunate. Last time, we discussed the importance of building a reserve in your schedule and in your finances.

Defining what bigg success means to you – what it means to live your life on your own terms – is a critical component of building a reserve. It’s also a part of the third step which we’ll discuss today. Step 3 is …

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Conquer Clutter

There are two kinds of clutter – physical (the one we most often think about) and mental. As long as you have clutter, you won't feel abundance in your life.

Physical clutter
There are three levels of physical clutter, according to Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out

  • Level 1 clutter means simple mistakes that are relatively easy to fix. Have a place for everything that’s easily accessible. If you don’t have a place, get it out of your space!
  • Level 2 clutter is about outside forces. You may simply have too much responsibility. You may be going through a transition. Maybe you don’t have the space you need. It could even be the person with whom you live!
  • Level 3 physical clutter stems from deeper issues. Some people fulfill their need for abundance by having an abundance of “stuff”. Others like the thrill of the hunt. It may symbolize a lack of goals. Maybe there’s some sentimental attachment to the “stuff”. It can even indicate a perfectionist, believe it or not.

Mental clutter
It's also important to clear out the clutter in our minds. We get bogged down in the past.

  • Holding grudges holds us back. Forgiveness frees up our minds and spirits to press forward.

    Not only do we need to forgive others, we need to forgive ourselves. In fact, if you can’t truly forgive yourself, how can you possibly forgive others?

    Cut yourself some slack, for crying out loud! You deserve a break today!

  • We also need to learn the right lessons from the past. As kids, we put our hands on a hot stove and got burned. So we didn’t put our hand on a hot stove again.

    As adults, we’ve put our hand on a symbolic hot stove and gotten burned. How did we respond? We don’t turn on the stove anymore!

    Life is full of risk. Try as you might, you can’t avoid it. More importantly, you shouldn’t avoid it!

    Bigg success comes to those who take calculated risks. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, learn from it and then turn that stove on again and cook up some bigg success for yourself!

  • Finally, it's important to understand our strengths and weaknesses. But we clutter our mind with our weaknesses.

    Then we reinforce those thoughts by telling ourselves all of the reasons why we can't do something. Stop telling yourself what you can’t do. Focus on what you can, and will, do!

    We need to believe that we can do it so we will find a way to get it done. Then we will find abundance. That’s bigg success!

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Clutter Contest

cluttered_desk.jpgBigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on play, but like many of the subjects we talk about there is overlap. Time is definitely part of today’s topic.

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In our corner of the world, it’s finally starting to feel like spring. And here we are almost at the beginning of summer!

We’ve been busy cleaning up outdoors. Washing the windows. Cleaning out the gutters. Trimming the bushes. Picking up sticks in the yard.

Sometimes homeownership feels like work!

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marylynnPicking up sticks has its own reward because we bought a fire pit last year. I just love sitting around a fire and smelling the burning wood! It’s fantastic on those cool nights.

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georgeWe had a lot of great evenings last year relaxing around the fire. I’d say it’s already paid for itself. Plus it keeps your fire burning in a contained area, Mary-Lynn!

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Planning for a rainy day

We know what we’re going to do the next time we have a rainy day on the weekend. We’re going to have a Clutter Contest!

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marylynn
You win, George. You have the most clutter!

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georgeThe idea is to get rid of the clutter, Mary-Lynn. But thank you for pointing out my clutter!

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marylynnWe’re going have a contest between the two of us – the person who clears out the most clutter wins. Can you tell that we’re competitive?

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The prize

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georgeSince it’s just the two of us, we can cater the prize however we want. So, if you win Mary-Lynn, I’ll give you a back massage.

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marylynnOoh, I love massages. That will be great. I’ll tell you what, George, since you do most of the cooking … if you win, I’ll cook you dinner!

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george
I’m not sure that’s such a good prize!

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We’re really trying to highlight that you don’t have to spend money (hey there’s another one of the elements of bigg success) on prizes. They can be personal.

For your family, the prize could be the winner’s favorite home-cooked meal. He or she could choose the next movie to watch or game you all play. It’s completely customizable.

You can have more the one prize. For example, you might have a prize for the person who donates the most. You get stuff out of the house and a favorite charity gets goods they can sell. How’s that for win/win?

Even if you’re not a clutter bug, there may be someone in your house whose clutter drives you crazy. They’ll be more likely to clean it out if they can win a prize they really want. And think about it … they should be the odds-on favorite to win because they have the most stuff!

Household chores aren’t the most exciting way to spend our time off. However, this is one thing that can really ramp up your productivity. Studies show that the average American could save about an hour a day if they cleared out their clutter!

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marylynnWhen I heard that statistic, it really made me think about how to get more organized.

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georgeIt made me realize that it was time to clear out my clutter. Now I need to go get the ladder so I can start looking through that pile on my desk!

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Free Food and Fun with Friends

clown.jpgBigg success is life on your own terms. There are five elements of bigg success – money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on play.

As the song says, “Girls just want to have fun.” So do bigg girls and bigg boys.

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Spending time without spending money

One of the greatest joys in life is spending time with close friends. These days we’re being careful with our money which can sometimes create a challenge in spending time with friends.

For example, do you stay in or go out? If you go out, are you excluding some friends by going to a certain restaurant or choosing a specific activity? One or more of your friends may not be able to afford it.

The great thing about spending time with friends is that you don’t have to spend any money at all if you don’t want. It’s about spending time together.

A pantry potluck

One of our friends had a great idea. You can have some fun with friends and clean out clutter – in your cabinets and freezer – without spending any money. How’s that for a killer combination?

Organize a “pantry potluck.” Here’s how it works – Plan a date to get together. For your meal, everyone prepares at least one dish from ingredients they already have in their kitchen.

Get creative. Dig deep in your freezer. Check the back of your cabinets.

It’s essentially a free meal for everyone because the money’s already been spent!

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marylynn
I think it would be hard not to spend money on something new.

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george
I’m not surprised to hear you say that, Mary-Lynn!

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marylynnWell, off the top of my head, I’m just thinking about what we have. Fritos but not even a full bag. Cake mix but no frosting.

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georgeBoy, Mary-Lynn, I can tell I do most of the cooking around here. I think we have a lot of things that would be perfect for a pantry potluck.

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marylynnSo we checked out our freezer. We have a bag of French fries but, just as I suspected, there was only about a third left.

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georgeYeah, but we also have a full bag of meatballs. They would be great for a potluck. And there’s a lot of chicken. In our cabinets, there’s a cream of mushroom soup can – that would be good with the meatballs. Oh, and cream of chicken and herb soup – I’m thinking chicken casserole of some sort. There’s marinara sauce so we could do the meatballs two ways.

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marylynnI also see a can of tuna and some tuna helper. I guess you were right, George. We do have a lot of options for the pantry potluck.

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georgeSince Mary-Lynn was worried about frosting for the cake, I remembered that we had cream cheese in the refrigerator. So we looked up a recipe for cream cheese frosting; it turns out that we have everything we need – butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar.

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marylynnI’ve never made cream cheese frosting before. I sure hope our friends don’t mind being the guinea pigs!

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Ramp it up

Now here’s the bigg idea. If you want to ramp up the fun even more, have a contest. You may vote on the most original dish, the tastiest, the most home-made or any other category you might like.

You can even up the ante by choosing a theme and asking everyone to bring a dish that goes along with that theme. Now your creativity will get pushed even more but it might make it more fun.

That’s the whole reason we’re talking about this. You can have fun with your friends, clear out clutter and not spend any money all while improving creativity skills. That’s a lot of synergy. That’s bigg success!

What’s in your pantry now that you could take to a potluck?

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What Causes Your Clutter?

By Bigg Success Staff
03-19-08

Test yourself

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According to Julie Morgenstern, you have to understand the root cause of your clutter to get rid of it. Julie is a speaker, productivity consultant, professional organizer, time management expert, and author of the best selling book Organizing from the Inside Out.

She says that popular opinion holds that clutter is caused by undesirable traits like laziness. She’s found that isn’t the case. Her research shows that there are three levels of clutter:

Level 1 – Technical errors
The most basic level of clutter means simple mistakes are being made, so they are relatively easy to fix. Errors here include not having a place for everything, having a place that’s not easily accessed, and too much “stuff” relative to the space you have.

Level 2 – External realities
At this level, things start moving outside your control. You may have too much to do with too little time to do it. You may be going through a transition of some sort. Your partner may be the issue. Or you simply just don’t have enough space.

Level 3 – Psychological obstacles
The third level means deeper issues are lurking beneath the surface. You may:

  • have a need for abundance
  • love the thrill of hunting for something you need
  • not have clear goals
  • have a sentimental attachment to your stuff
  • be a perfectionist

Now you can learn what’s causing your clutter. Oprah’s great people, along with Julie, offer a fantastic quiz to determine what causes your clutter. It will take you less than two minutes to answer the 15 questions.

When you’re done, you’ll see what level you’re at as well as get some solutions to begin getting rid of your clutter.

We have to go now – it turns out we need therapy!

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By Bigg Success Staff
01-24-08

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The average American loses 55 minutes every day searching for things they can’t find. This stunning statistic was printed in the June 7, 2004 edition of Newsweek.

So if you’d like to add an hour to every day of your life – get organized!

Clutter can be costly in other ways as well. If bills don’t get paid on time, there may be additional late fees. If appointments are missed, relationships can be damaged. In some places, clutter is so pervasive that people have been injured when they tripped over it!

There is hope. Here are some tips to get rid of clutter:

  • Use it or lose it
  • If in doubt, throw it out! Many people approach their de-cluttering project from the opposite mindset. They keep it unless they know they won’t use it. You’ll never eliminate clutter until you get past that thought process.

    Apply the six-month rule. Have you used it in the last six months? Do you KNOW that you’ll use it in the next six months? If the answer is “no”, then lose it!

  • A place for everything, everything in its place
  • You should have a lot less to put away now. But that’s the thing – you have to put it away. Find a place for everything you keep.

    Then keep it there. It’s the old “put it back” rule. When you use something, put it back immediately after you’re done with it. Make it a habit.

  • Call on a pro
  • You may not be the “do-it-yourself” type. Or maybe you just want some professional help. Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers

    At their site, you can search for organizers in your area. You’ll also find some great tips on hiring a specialist.

  • Daily delights
  • You’ve de-cluttered. The key now is to make sure you don’t re-clutter. Daily maintenance is the best way to insure against that.

    Create a system for handling incoming items like your mail, newspapers, and periodicals. For example, you may open your mail over your shredder. Sort any mail you save by action date and file it appropriately. When today’s newspaper is here, yesterday’s is gone. Same with magazines.

We wrote about Ben Franklin’s thirteen virtues not long ago. He confessed that he found order to be his biggest struggle. Isn’t it nice to know that even Ben had trouble staying organized?

Help us all out – leave your tips for getting organized.

Oh … and what will you do with that extra hour a day?

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