A quick boost for your mind and your home
that gets you closer to your goal
I was 23, fresh out of university, sharing an apartment in London with a bunch of my friends, and feeling desperately lost, small, homesick and lonely. It was my delayed “childhood is over, time to grow up” shock, a very probing time of my life. Beforehand I would freely and carelessly hav fun: I was probably the most spontaneous and intuitive person living, but also the least organised and least intentional person you would ever know…. Organising, planning, thinking ahead or just being aware were everything but my strengths. I tried. I worked my shit out. I tried to stay cheerful and attempted to have relationships with guys, but somehow they just never stuck around. Which was unusual.
Until one day, when I was lying in my bed in my comfortable, yet ancient, stretched and very worn-out orange pyjamas. I started thinking what could be wrong. At first my eyes were caught by the image of a pig smiling cheerfully at me from my closed door. Right next to me on the wall was another poster, one with the scene from the opening of “Friends” the TV show. On my end table some kiddy drawings I got from my nephews as a goodbye present, and some more photos of me and my friends. Sexy, right?
Yeah, no. Everything in that room represented a lost and dorky little girl in the big city, and literally NOTHING about the woman I wanted to be.
Now, nearly 10 years later and a lot closer to that woman, I’m starting my own business. As you you can imagine: this takes up a lot of time, thinking, creative energy and actual work. At the moment I’m spending a lot of time at my desk, surrounded by memos, ideas, briefs, drafts, and only the Saint of Office Workers knows what else… What can I say? I’m not the most organised person in the world by nature.
So today, going through my 50th creative block, I had an idea.
At the moment my biggest dream and ambition is to kick off my business.
The place that represents this is my desk.
What kind of words describe the mood I need to perform at my best?
I would go for: light, bright, fresh, inspiring, relaxing, comfortable, space, clarity, possibility, freedom
What is my desk trying to tell me instead?
Messy, full, overwhelmed, overloaded, heavy, dirty, neglected, obscure.
Yes: the exact the opposite of what I need.
But while I can’t force people to share my stuff or to sign up for my course, I can most certainly make a drastic change in the space surrounding me and therefore my mind too, as a direct result.
Do what you can instead of worrying about things you cannot control.
1. Think of your goal, the one that you’re currently working on or giving a lot of unwilling attention to. You know the one that keeps you awake at night.
2. Think of the mindset you believe would attract your heart’s desire.
3. Think of the space in your house that most represents that desire.
4. Walk there and listen to the message your corner is telling you.
5. Change that message to the one you want to hear.
Do not underestimate the power of small details and the magic of making tiny changes every day – a plane changing direction by just a few degrees may not show much change to its route after a few miles, but in the long run it will make all the difference in the world.