Simple question that can help declutter your life

As it turns out we are really bad at judging ourselves. According to a recent study, 93% of test subjects rated themselves above average in their driving ability. No wonder then that it’s entirely possible that our well intended actions might actually be hurting us. That’s why I wanted to share the following litmus test, which helped me take a more objective view of my choices:

Imagine a world where you know everything is going to work itself out in your best interest, at exactly the right time: would you still do the action x that is meant to get you result y? I know this might be a bit too mathematical, so let me give you a couple of personal examples.

Even though I went through a nasty divorce, I have an intention (i.e. NOT a goal, for more on this subtle difference please see my previous post) to get married again. Driven by all the commercials of happy couples I saw on TV, I made a very introvert safe choice of signing up for online dating. Of course, as an over achiever, I didn’t sign up just for one, but at some point was a member of four dating sites! Much can be written here, but for sake of your time and sanity, I’ll just make a couple of highlights relevant to the topic. At first it was a big ego boost from getting so much interest. However, as time went, on it became more and more frustrating experience full of deja Vu moments. I kept telling myself that it’s a numbers game and kept pushing on like a faithful soldier on a top secret mission (how selfless of me:). Finally, by applying the test I mentioned above I came to a conclusion that if God suddenly appeared and promised me that my relationship desires were going to be fulfilled in the future, at best time possible … I would delete all of my online dating profiles right there and then with a BIG sigh of relief! Well, that’s exactly what I did…

This is not meant to be a negative judgement of online dating. I know many happy couples who met online and I learned a lot about my own shortcomings through this experience as well. See, consciousness is not about making a logical choice, but a choice that is fully aligned with your true who. So has this choice been a panacea? Only time will tell, but what I can say with certainty is that this choice gave me a great deal of freedom and energy back. Instead of compulsively checking the latest matches 50 times a day or waiting for the next “wink” high (basically capitulating my feelings to external circumstances), I have more time to develop the most important relationship of all … Relationship with myself.

Also, I wanted to provide an example from the opposite side of the spectrum. I really enjoy crossfit. It’s done wonders for my fitness. In fact, I’m wearing smaller pant size now, in my mid-thirties, than as a teenager or even a paratrooper on active duty in my twenties. The point is that even if God gave me awesome metabolism and supernatural strength right this second, I would still do crossfit. There is nothing like pushing yourself to a limit on a WOD or slamming the weights down after a successful lift. Further, I believe that it is that very alignment of crossfit to the true me that has allowed me to really flourish and develop skills I thought I never could … I’m talking handstand walk here; I feel like a kid again!

So particularly when you encounter frustration or even fruitless efforts for that matter, apply this test and give your inner voice permission to speak freely

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  1. True life stories are always the most impactful. It dawned on me that this what God’s trying to teach us through disappointments and all that come our way: to grow up; to find our business and mind it, letting Him mind His; to take conscious/full responsibility for the things under our control and trust Him for the ones beyond. Otherwise, we end up struggling with things we can’t fix while those we can deteriorate and our energy wasted with nothing worthy to show for it. Thanks for this inspiring article!

    • Well said … Unfortunately our default response to setbacks is that there is something wrong with us. We weren’t born with the golden spoon or this or that. I’ve lived much of my life expecting all types of setbacks that reinforce these types of negative beliefs. Even when something worked out, it wouldn’t be long till all the too familiar feelings of inadequacy came back. Now, through a lot of soul searching and prayer I finally realized that all these perceived setbacks was God trying to point me in the right direction … And that made ALL the difference!!!

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