I think we can all agree that one of the hardest things to do in life is to let go.  Let go of old beliefs, let go of old possessions, let go of old habits, and let go of doing bicep curls in the goddamn squat rack.  Truth be told, I am guilty of all of the above.

I have things in drawers and on shelves that have moved around with me for the past couple years that I haven’t looked at or used in almost a decade.  You know why you call it a ‘junk drawer’?  Because it is all junk.

What I am finding as I get busier in my career and personal life is that all of this clutter is creating unnecessary stress.  September has once again hit me like a ton of bricks with my schedule filling up a little more along with all the other small side projects I have going on.  Life is busy and I can feel the pressure.

Over the past couple of weeks there have been several ‘A-ha’ moments in my life that are all driving forces for me to create some serious change and momentum in my life.  I want to share these with you.

1. Being busy has cause me to lose time.  I know it is there but just don’t know where, when and how to find it and when I have it I don’t know how to use it.  I have been rushing from one task to the next with barely enough time to catch my breath.  When I have a few spare minutes in my day I don ‘t know what to do with them so I either zone out on my phone playing Ninja Fishing (true story) or peruse Facebook.  It isn’t a complete waste of my time but it is pretty close.  

2. I have found myself digging through papers and files to get something I should easily have instant access too.  Client programs, emails, notes, and other information are getting lost in the mix.  In an era where you can use your cellphone to buy a small island, make a trade on your Fantasy Football league and order Chinese food from China while ordering your iced mochachocalatte from the counter at Starbucks, this is simply unacceptable.

3. I have been staring at my bookshelf and dozens of books that I have purchased over the past year or so that at one point I was really excited to read.  I think after all is said and done I really have to open up Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers which I bought in June 2011.  On that note, I used to listen to weekly episodes of Strength Coach Podcast and the Fitcast and may or may not be 6 months behind on each.  Hey, I gotta feed the geeky side.

4. You know what I did for a workout on Friday?  Deadlifts.  

You know what else I did?  

Nothing.  

It was glorious.  

5. Just to warn you, this last ‘A-ha’ moment may be a little graphic but for me it was the moment  I decided that I needed to make some serious changes.  After having a head cold all week and having to just suck it up and put my big-boy-pants on and do the damn thing I came home Friday evening from work completely fried.  From Monday at 6:00 a.m. until then I was an absolute machine which is what it is like most weeks.  The problem is that I come home and can barely remember my name.

Mud = Happiness

As the ritual usually goes, I take my dog Koa for her walk to unwind and empty my brain as she, well, you know.  Anyways, it must have been a long week for her too as she unloaded like a friggen brontosaurus and then a 2nd time as I was cleaning up the first pile.  Just then a neighbor walks by as I have two bags of crap in my hand and yes, this is when it hit me.  I need to get rid of all the shit in my life.

This includes:

  • time
  • bookshelves
  • junk drawer
  • computer files
  • thoughts
  • mailing lists
  • clutter
  • diet
  • training
  • writing
I’m sure that a lot of you have the same shit to get rid of so I am going to share some of my cleaning process over the next couple of weeks.  What I plan to accomplish is to become more of a minimalist in all things by eliminating all the unnecessary stress in my life which I can attribute to clutter.  I am hoping that this will give me some more clarity, freedom and happiness.  
Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it’s shit, and it needs to go.

Written by Steve