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How to Get a Fantastic Result With Your Next Step

Are you in the process of working towards your organizing or other goals? I admire the determination and openness my clients have as they pursue theirs. Getting organized is a process, which is complex and often lengthy. Goals, habits, and perspectives change as progress is made. Goals often seem so overwhelming in their enormity and so far away, that we can get discouraged. However, like with all things, if we put one foot in front of the other, taking that next step, eventually we’ll get there.

The other day when I was organizing with one of my long-term clients, she said something that was so brilliant. I had to acknowledge and capture her thought. She gave me permission to share it with you. She said,


“More of my life is where it belongs.”

Think about that one. In the process of getting organized, things are almost never where they belong. Our possessions, our thoughts, our habits, and our choices can be radically out of alignment with our values and dreams. It’s spectacular that my client realizes this positive progress after she’s been working consistently on these issues.

If you’re feeling discouraged, overwhelmed, or like you’ll never “get there,” know there’s hope. Know there is calm after the chaos. Know that it’s possible to have your life where how you’d like it to be.

Just take that next step. Take another. Keep choosing “next.” You will get there.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. What next step will bring you closer to feeling your life is “where it belongs?” Come join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (9)

LInda, I love your client's comment! How perceptive of her to realize that she's on her way. Small steps forward, even if you take a few steps back every now and then, are the way to go. Like the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare - slow and steady wins the race!

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

What a wonderful comment from your client! You could put that on a business card:) Once our possessions have a place to belong, we have a realistic chance of maintaining order. The hardest next step is the one I've been avoiding. To do this, I need to write it down and have someone hold me accountable.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Wonderful to be here together for coffee time! Great to "see" you this morning!

@Diane- I was so taken aback when she said that. It was such a wonderful acknowledgement of her progress. As you know, it's one thing for me to acknowledgement her accomplishments, but much more powerful when she owns them herself. You're so right that progress isn't a straight's more of a dance- a few steps forward, some sideways and some behind. In the best scenarios, they add up to change and progress.

@Seana- You made me smile. Yes. That could be a good marketing line. You're right that when we get things to "square one" it's easier to maintain. Getting to that place can be challenging at times. But taking those small, next steps are key. And as my client discovered, her determination paid off. She felt the progress in a big way. I like what you said about avoidance and how you work with it in a proactive way.

March 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love that comment from your client, Linda. I know for myself when my home is cleaned and tidied after a busy week, I feel more like myself, I have a sense of peace.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I think your client has hit on a "trend" I've been seeing, especially when talking with long-time professional organizers. The physical clutter can be a symptom and a hindrance, but what people are really after is having their life where it belongs. "Priorities" is a boring word; "vision" can sound too elusive. But being organized really is about being able to live the life we want to live, whatever that is to each individual.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterValentina Sgro

Wonderful that you've joined the conversation!

@Jill- I am with you on that. The calm in our space adds an internal layer of calm...or as you said, "peace." Nice word choice.

@Val- That's so beautifully said. The stuff of life can be a "hindrance" to what they really want their lives to be about. But as the things and "stuff" begin taking their places, a certain freedom happens. The things are no longer the drivers. Instead, the environment supports what we really want our lives to be about. Space to create or to entertain or to spend quality time with our loved ones or...

March 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Wow! What insight! Your client has a new awareness of both her physical space and mental clarity. I love it when our clients have new perspectives they share with us. I can hear the calm of this comment too.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

What Seana said really resonated with me. When there's something I don't want to do, it throws me way off. Sometimes I avoid doing anything at all, but don't even know why. Then when I finally get "that" thing done, it's like the weight of the world is off my shoulders.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Ellen- It's a beautiful thing to witness those ah-ha moments. Sometimes we're so busy doing that we don't stop, pause or reflect. But when we do, it's amazing what we can discover.

@Janet- Like you, I've also noticed how thinking about doing (aka procrastinating) can be so much worse than the actual doing. And as you expressed, the tremendous relief (and weight lifted) when we finally get "it" done.

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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