What space do you have available to manage the process of inviting something new into your life?
There are three real types of space in our life, physical, emotional, and mental — each impacting the other.
1). Physical Space
Is your desk organized? What does the trunk of your car look like? How about your clothes closet?
Clothes are a great example of managing physical space. Whenever I buy a new piece of clothing and put it into my drawer or closet, I get rid of one piece of clothing. In this way, my drawers and closets never fill up, leaving me space to invite in new things I want to wear and enjoy.
What is the benefit of managing this physical space? I know what I wear and what I don’t wear. Things I don’t use, I know I don’t need. Keeping them takes up space, not only physical, but mental and emotional as well.
Don’t believe that? Why do you still have something you haven’t worn in a year? If you say, “I might need it”, then I suspect you are keeping track of it in your mind. Taking space. If you feel anxiety about letting it go, then it has an emotional hold on you as well.
How does this help increase freedom and ease in your life? Would you suspect it doesn’t?
2). Emotional Space
Attachment to things uses vast amounts of emotional energy and resources. When you want to create something new in your life…a new career, a new relationship, any kind of new endeavor, where will you get the emotional capital to deal with it?
If your emotional attention and focus is used up holding on tight to something, or is used up in the responsibility of having it, how much emotional capacity is left to to tackle and achieve new things?
Fewer things in your life drawing emotional energy will leave you with an emotional reserve to create exciting and rewarding experiences in your life.
3). Mental Space
What are you responsible for? What is by your choice and what is by obligation? How do these responsibilities fill your mind with details, demands, and decisions? What is left of your mind to create and engage with new things you want?
How might you approach responsibilities differently?
Our minds are good at keeping track of things, figuring out things, and creating things. The problem is when our capacity is maxed out keeping track of things, there is little or no reserve to bring into our mental focus anything new.
Living the life you imagine, your best life, requires capacity to do the work needed.
Decreasing the amount of space you give to things that don’t add to your life, physically, emotionally, or mentally, will increase your space and capacity to bring a dream into reality.