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Positive Language Can Help You Kick Clutter to the Curb
Have you noticed that you sometimes use negative words to describe the more, ah, cluttered areas in your home or office? I have a client that refers to her den as “the junk room.” Recently, we decided that she would be more mindful of the “flavor” of the language she uses when describing that room.
Now, she will practice using more positive language when she refers to her den because the more she “puts it down,” the less likely she is to get it organized and functioning the way she needs it to. And, the longer it stays cluttered, the longer it will take her to use and enjoy that space.
So, think about it for a moment. Would you be motivated to go into your “junky office?” Wouldn’t you rather work in your “Peaceful Workspace?” If it’s always known as “the messy office” or the “junk spot,” then that’s what it will probably always be … and you’re not likely to do much about it.
Why not refer to it as what you intend it to be? Come up with a descriptive and appealing name (like “Deb’s Yoga Sanctuary” … nice, yes?). You’ll probably find that doing this will motivate you to keep working on it, instead of closing the door and walking by it. Let the picture of how amazing it will look be a kick in the pants so that you can transform your space into the fabulous, relaxing, or productive area you’ve always wanted.
Don’t underestimate the power of the words you use and the influence they can have on your mood, thoughts, and actions.
Have you noticed that using more positive language has an impact on how you feel and how productive you are? Please share your experience in the comments. Of course, if you think I’m crazy and this is just a bunch of psychobabble, I’m happy to hear your perspective, too. ;)
This post was updated on November 29, 2015.
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