Often the obstacles in our way are not (just) the problem(s) we are facing, rather how we are dealing with them.
Basically, we lose our sh🙈t. We worry and loop our problems and mistakes over and over again. We stress ourselves so much we drain all the energy we have (and could have used to solve it.) We’re not thinking about this of course (myself included), we’re too busy dovetailing into the abyss.
At least, that’s how I feel when I have too much on my plate or when I’ve unintentionally said yes to too many things I should have said no to.
But I have found a silly method that has helped me out in times of distress, like when I have stacks of todos and a negative amount of time to do them.
I mentally drop everything.
I pull the tablecloth and swipe away clean everything on it.
I sink all the battleships.
And all I’m left with is a clean slate.
No obligations. Nothing I need to get done. No outside pressures. (And now no inside pressures either!)
Not in reality, just in my mind. I think of it as a factory reset for my brain.
If you’re into paper products (like me) then think of it as a fresh, new sheet of paper, or a blank calendar, unblemished.
As I sit in this mind space, I slowly begin to ask myself questions like:
- If you could drop everything from your life, what would you want to keep/pick back up?
- What do you really want to do?
- If something is holding you back from doing that, what immediate actions are you able to take to open that blockade?
The clean state method is a tool to get you in a better headspace to solve problems and focus on what matters.
Obviously, we can’t actually can’t set everything on fire and start over, but we can stop mentally getting in our way by overwhelming ourselves with the past and our expectations of the future.
Clearing your head gives you much more room to focus on the immediate priority, and tackle things head-on—just not all at once.
It’s had to make anything happen if you’ve psyched yourself out before you’ve even be
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1136