What I see and hear impacts what I think about, and experience.
What I focus on changing is what changes. And what I don’t focus on doesn’t.
I manage what I’m measuring. And what’s not measured isn’t managed.
So I should control my environment, what I think, what I focus on, and what I’m measuring to get results, right?
This is a really big topic actually. A lot has been written about it and I could, and eventually will, attack it from a ton of different angles.
Today I’ll go with this reminder. I will stop keeping things in my house that make me feel bad. And I will keep only the things that make me feel good.
If you see a lot things that subconsciously aggravate you and annoy the fuck out of you, it impacts all of the things you’re trying to do that day. If your environment is pleasing and relaxing to you, it gives you energy, and allows you to focus on other more pressing matters.
A good way to look at it is to consider it priming your pump. The term “pump priming” is derived from the operation of older pumps; a suction valve had to be primed with water so that the pump would function properly. You won’t function right if you’re not primed right. I think functioning optimally is a good idea, so it’s something worth your time.
Steve Pavlina addresses it pretty well. I’m going to quote some of his examples at length here because they are excellent.
You check social media, and your friends are sharing the usual trivialities. Priming effect: Not important. Wasting time. Boring. Pointless. Petty drama. Feeling inadequate. Jealousy.
You check email next. It’s mostly spam. Your inbox is filled with old junk you haven’t processed. Priming effect: Disorganized. Feeling behind. Clutter. Stress. Overwhelm. Need to clean this up. Distraction.
You make some coffee. It’s the cheap stuff, and you drink it from a cruddy old ceramic mug that’s chipped. Priming effect: Can’t have what I want. Broken. Low quality. Ugly. Cheap.
You start using your computer. It’s an older model, sluggish and also a bit ugly. Priming effect: Settling for less. Frustration. Wishing for better and not getting it. Slowness. Amateur. Unappreciated.
You use pirated software on your computer. Priming effect: Criminal. Wrong. Cheap. Dishonest. Dishonorable. Hiding. Sneaky…..
I wake up and cuddle a bit before getting up. Priming effect: Affection. I am loved. Happy. Feeling lucky.
If I make some oatmeal, I use the best oats I’ve found (Bob’s Red Mill organic oats), mixed with fresh blueberries or organic raisins. Priming effect: Having the best. Better than average.
If I make some coffee, I use the best quality, such as 100% Kona coffee from Hawaii. It costs twice as much as the gourmet stuff, but nothing else compares. Priming effect: Quality. I deserve the best. Reward.
I enter my home office. It’s neat and tidy. My desk is a GeekDesk, which I really like. My computer is the best MacBook Pro available (with every possible upgrade: max processor speed, max ram, max storage). My cell phone is the best model of the newest iPhone. The newest iPad Air is there too. Everything has a Retina display. Priming effect: Quality. Best. Success. Feeling supported. Loving technology. Professional. Abundance. Speed. Efficiency. Gracefulness. Delight. Cool.
All the software on my computer is bought and paid for. Almost everything is the latest version (always the latest for frequently used software). Priming effect: Current. Up to date. Honest. Deserving. Supported. Honorable. Abundant. Efficient.
So let’s prime some shit up.
Some shit that makes me feel bad: Clothes that don’t fit me, electronics that are sitting on the floor because I don’t even have a shelf or table for them, a messy desk, dying flowers from someone that I am not dating any longer, coffee mugs that are too small, a dirty vacuumed carpeted floor.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a terrific book on this topic. It focuses on decluttering your house with one rule: Keep what sparks joy and toss the rest. I’ve read it several times.
Full disclosure – I totally touched this sink up before I took this photo, but I do fully empty it of dishes every morning.
Oh, I’m within one inch of my lowest waist measurement. Lost roughly an inch since I started measuring again a few weeks ago. So, things are happening. 🙂
Let’s Do This 😉