It’s not until we really stop and look at ourselves and the world around us that we realise how much we’re tolerating.
Old clothes, other people’s attitudes, situations….there’s are just some of the many things that go under the radar of things that we tolerate, day in, day out.
So, why do we tolerate things?
They become our comfort zone. They’re reliable and predictable, but they’re also a sign of where we are at in our own lives and what we think of ourselves. They show us where we’re not putting ourselves first and at what level we’re prepared to live at.
There’s always a pay off for us for each and everything thing we tolerate that keeps us in our comfort zone.
What are some of the things we tolerate?
Old clothes – Maybe your clothes are still in reasonable condition. Maybe you don’t like shopping. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘I will wear that again one day.’ Whatever the reason, treat yourself to an upgrade….but make sure the old clothes are moved on.
Bottles of stuff in the bathroom – The problem here is when we buy products that we don’t use regularly or if we collect hotel toiletries that we’re keeping…for whatever reason.
Use those products or throw them out. All they’re doing is taking up space and blocking your energy flow.
Hanging on to things for sentimental reasons – Do you feel guilty at the thought of moving on a gift someone gave to you even if it’s not really the right gift for you? That’s not the right reason to hold onto a gift. It’s time for it to find a new home.
Of course, there are items that do have deep sentimental memories that are worth keeping. You can feel the difference. Just make sure they have their place and that you’re keeping them for the right reasons.
How can you stop tolerating these things?
Get a notebook and make two columns on the page.
1. In the first column, write down what you’re tolerating. Don’t hold back. Write down as many things as possible that you you can think of that you’re tolerating. It doesn’t matter how trivial it is.
2. In the second column, write down your solution. Don’t let your logical mind enter into the process by thinking too much about it. Just write down the solution.
3. Take action. Some things may take a little longer than others, so start with the easy ones and work your way up.
4. Continue to add to your list and continue working through it.
Raising your standards is a great way to increase your energy flow while decluttering creates space for more prosperity to flow to you. Within 24 hours of starting my serious decluttering project, new opportunities appeared and good news started to flow in. I could feel the revived energy in the air and it felt great!