Category: Career Clutter

Big screens, little screens, on and off screen, in front of you, behind you, in your ear, in your face, in your car, in your home, everywhere. Distractions are everywhere.

We drown in them. We’re derailed by them. We’re inspired by them. …We’re in love with them.

We seek them out. We call to them, asking to be taken away. To be our rescuer from the mundane and boring. From the difficult and challenging. From the tragic and heartbreaking.

We welcome distractions with open arms, to clutter our existence with denial, avoidance or entertainment.

It may seem harmless, but what are these distractions costing us?

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If you’re peeking over the fence to see what’s on the other side, you’ve fallen prey to a clutter problem.

One of the symptoms of a cluttered mind is comparisons (see all 8 here). This one is a doozy. Pretty much a plague, comparing ourselves to someone else is like a disease, putting us at odds, making us feel less than, handicapped.

Comparisons amount to superlative judgments. It is deliberately taking two things and pitting them against each other for the sake of choosing a preference, or winner. It feels like judging two options to decide which is preferred.

It is searching for bigger and better, chasing faster and stronger.

We compare:

  • shoes
  • lunches
  • careers
  • salaries
  • bodies
  • lifestyles
  • houses
  • cars
  • families
  • friends
  • instagram fame
  • facebook likes
  • etc., etc.

We compare so much, where does that leave us? Feeling pretty shitty.

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While a common complaint, this blog post title is misleading. If you’re telling yourself that you don’t have time, you’re lying. We have enough time to do anything we choose because we manage our own time.

We invented time.

Long ago, we created these yardsticks to tell us where to start and stop our day. Minutes, hours, days, months, years are all figments of our imagination. Yet, we’ve become so beholden to those finite measures that now we limit ourselves by them.

When we think we lack time, it becomes our reality. Our jail cell.

We’re always doing something with our time. We’re choosing an action in every moment. To sit still, to move; to fight, to forgive; to gain, to lose.

At the end of the day, most would say they fit in what they absolutely “needed” to.

But if we create time, and we choose what we do to fill that time, don’t we have all the power? We don’t have to let time rule over us, right?

Right. If you think otherwise, you’re looking at time all wrong.

It’s not a matter of ticking seconds that dictate whether you have enough space to complete all that you wish to complete. It’s a matter of what you’re choosing to fill the space.

You always do everything you want to do, despite feeling like some things are not getting done.

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I love entrepreneurs. Their ability to build something from the ground up. Their impact on commerce and civic liberty.

The fire in their eyes, their unabated drive and determination are contagious. Their passion lights their way. There’s an excitement about the future that propels them forward.

I can’t help but get hopeful with them, wanting to see their big dreams become a reality.

So when I see a fellow entrepreneur struggle to find focus, drive and clarity in her business, it breaks my heart. I know without that, she won’t gain the momentum necessary to see the vision through. Without that, she’ll lose hope.

I immediately want to come to the rescue and offer guidance on how to remove the blocks.

When clarity eludes an entrepreneur, the fire goes out, the gusto fades. Discouragement and despair loom. Which is why we see so many businesses fail in their first 3 years. And why business partners disagree on vision and purpose. And why customers start shopping elsewhere.

It’s much better for the entrepreneur on the other side of confusion. It’s much better to be clear.

Have you lost vision and clarity for your business? Are you stuck in overwhelm and overload? Are you looking to get inspired again?

If so, below are 4 reasons–a.k.a. typical, widespread entrepreneur habits–you’re not experiencing clarity in your business right now.

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I get it. You’re busy.

Too busy for friends and family let alone meditation and yoga. Too busy for a proper meal let alone mindfulness training. Too busy for a shower let alone 8 hours of sleep.

You probably feel like you don’t have enough time for much nowadays.

You don’t even know who’s running your schedule, you or your clients. You or your colleagues. You or your spouse. You or your kids. You or [insert everyone else ever].

Meanwhile, you’re frazzled, scatterbrained, overwhelmed…but still determined to get it all done.

So tell me this, out of all the hours in a day, how many of them are spent nurturing your mind? How many are spent catering to the health of your mind? How many are spent appreciating the miracle that is your mind?

Don’t have time for that, you say?

You don’t have time to not have time for that.

I’m here to tell you that no amount of money, success, accolades or fame will do for you what a clear, strong mind can do.

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It’s easy to wake up and just start running around the house like a crazy person making breakfast, checking email, putting dishes away, doing push-ups, rummaging through closet hangers for an outfit and getting the kids out of the house. Ambitiously, in the spirit of “getting it all done.”

Most of us can relate to a morning like that. And how it starts is typically how it ends.

Our days begin to look colorless and feel monotonous, and we can’t see the horizon because we’ve cluttered our view with tasks, obligations, chores and responsibilities. The weight of it all is debilitating.

We have only 24 hours in a day and sometimes that doesn’t feel like enough because we’re cramming too much in.

So much so that it’s confused us, clouded our focus and crippled our peace. Our effort to get it all done is actually counterproductive.

But what if we started a little slower and a little more thoughtfully? How would a peaceful start change our day, its course and momentum? How would our morning affect our focus throughout the day? How would it improve the way we speak to others, what we put in our bodies, and how we feel by the time we return home at night?

How can we use our morning to put us on the good foot? To open us up to receive what comes and to welcome it with open arms, whatever it is? I have an idea how…

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