I was watching the Nate Berkus show during my bout with the flu as I spent WAY too much time in bed. One moment in the show literally messed me up, so I thought I would share it with you and mess you up!
They had an organizer come to help with simple solutions. She took a purse from a lady in the audience and dumped it out on the table. Of course the woman was horrified by the disaster! The lady began to say, “Honestly, this is just my purse! I’m a very organized person in every other area of my life!” The organizer pursed her lips and shook her head. You could see the lady feel the need to convince her. “No, really, it’s true. My house, my car…the REST is really clean!” The organizer then said a statement that changed my life. “How you do one thing is how you do everything.”
It was like a lightbuld went on in my life. I say all of the time, “Sorry about my car, everything else is organized, but my car is always a mess.” As that organizer said those words “how you do one thing is how you do everything”, I thought about my cupboards, my garage, my own purse, my life…it’s all crammed with too much stuff with very little plan or purpose for WHY I have all of this stuff!!! I had to stop and change what I believed about myself.
Now I’m on a quest. I’m not planning on just fixing my car anymore, but rather planning to rethink my strategies for my entire life. The reality that I faced is that there is a core in myself that stops me from organization and changing little pieces will not change the reality. (I still blame my creative streak, but I think I can be creative and organized, so we’ll see!)
What areas of your life do you need to rethink from top to bottom? Are there areas of yourself where you are denying the reality of your weaknesses? Good luck facing that reality and changing what you want to change about yourself! There’s always room for improvement and let’s all fight to be who we want to be!