We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted. ~Napoleon Hill
A few years ago, a friend of mine was commenting on how she could tell the state of someone’s life just by looking inside their car. She pointed out that a person’s state of mind is the foundation of his/her life so, if their car is messy then, more often than not, their thinking is muddled, diffuse, and wandering. She explained that this then created an unfocused, disorderly life and that the person was either not successful or had to work way harder than they needed to in order to achieve their success.
Needless to say, this was a surprising observation my friend made. Over the past few years, I’ve done my own informal investigation and I’ve found my friend’s assertions to be accurate.
I think this has to do with self-respect and taking one’s life and dreams seriously. People who take themselves seriously value themselves and their dreams and think themselves worthy and deserving of a good life. This seems to translate into the habit of being orderly.
Consider this: How can you nurture and grow your particular genius if you can’t ever find any of the things that you need when you need them because they’re buried under who-the-heck knows which pile?!
Your homework today is to take a look at your surroundings, where you live and where your work–your car, too, if you own one. What do they look like? They don’t have to be fancy or large or the newest model. Are they organized? Is there a place for everything and do you usually pick up and put away after yourself? Do your spaces look like a winner lives and works there?
Send the right message to yourself by respecting your things.
If you have things that you don’t really like or respect, then get rid of them. They are not doing you any good. They probably make you angry when you try to use them because they don’t work properly or they are wrong for the job you want them to do. This sends you the subconscious message that you have to make do with lesser things because you are not allowed to have good things that work well and that support and help you toward your dreams.
Take yourself seriously. Respect yourself and your dreams by straightening up.
You can do it.
Your Friend and Pep Pal,