It might be human nature to operate out of a mindset of scarcity. In my earlier years, I’ll admit, I had hoarding tendencies! I held on to everything: clothes, shoes, papers, books, even if I didn’t like, need, or use them anymore.
Then one day, I picked up the book The Courage to Be Rich by Suze Orman (recommended reading). In Chapter 3, entitled the Courage to Make Room for More Money, Orman tells readers to simply get rid of stuff they don’t need or want, writing, “You make room for more by knowing what you have, by not owning anything you don’t want or need or love, and by valuing every item you own. You make room for more, literally and metaphorically, by creating a place for more to enter.” Then, she offers an exercise: go through your home and find at least 25 items you are willing to throw away.
I did this exercise and found way too many items from Amazon I should have returned. But then I took it a step further and invited my friends over to ransack my closet. 3 of my friends left with at least 8 bags full of clothes. I felt fresh and renewed! I had empty space! But you know the crazy part? Almost as quickly as I got rid of the things I didn’t want, they were replaced with items I LOVED.
Which brings me to today. I have my eye on this splurge worthy handbag. I’m sure you can guess which one it is. It is super expensive and ridiculous, but the heart wants what the heart wants. And while my Givenchy Antigona has served me well over the years, and it’s still a great bag I use to travel, etc, it’s time to move on.
And as for you, I’d encourage you to take a chance, and get rid of old stuff that does not serve you anymore. Even in business, you have to learn to let go of some control, some areas where you feel comfortable, in order to grow. Let it flow. Let it go!
Love & Light,
I wrote something similar back in 2017! Read it here.