Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the DIY Network is insisting that you clean your house from top to bottom. While one of those three is not as lovely as the other two, spring can be an excellent excuse to get a fresh start. So, while you’re dusting the top of your bookcase and rearranging your knickknacks to be more “Zen,” LNE Consulting has a few ways you can take that cleansing motivation and apply it to what really matters: you.
In the interest of being green in honor of Earth Day, and in the spirit of the season, let’s take a look at three tips that will help you improve both your personal and professional life.
We all have negativity that brings us down. Things from our past that are holding us back because we are having trouble letting go (I’m looking at you, coach that put me on JV track when you know darn well I should have been on Varsity!). In order to reduce your stress and let yourself focus on what’s going on right now, it’s important to decide what you actually need to keep in your life, and what can melt away with the last of the snow. Take a good hard look at what in your past still makes you angry, guilty or upset, and decide if it’s productive to keep holding on to it. If it isn’t, it may be time to let go.
Now before you (mentally) throw everything out, stop for a moment and think: can you reuse anything you learned from a past experience with a current situation? Many people find themselves struggling through issues as though they’re brand new, only to realize that a similar past experience has a reusable solution. So, before you shrug off your past, pause and try to compare your ancient issue with the current dilemma you’re having with your boss, your significant other, your best friend, your cat. They always say to learn from your mistakes, but how often are we thinking of old errors while we make new ones? Take this self-analytical time to dredge up old feelings and—more importantly—old resolutions.
Spring is the perfect time to dust off a great book that you haven’t read in a while and re-cycle its purpose in your life. If it’s been a year since you’ve read How to Win Friends and Influence People, there’s no doubt that you’ll read the same words differently after four seasons of new life experiences. Think about how you can repurpose and reexpose yourself to things you’ve read and heard before.