August 04, 2008

Letting Go and Living More

I just finished reading a great book. While it’s targeted to women who are new to the business world, I think it has a lot of useful information for anyone who works. Basic Black, by Cathie Black, is “The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life).”

The author shares a story in the chapter titled “Risk” that translates well to organizing. She writes:

It’s like the monkey parable: A monkey sees a nut in a hole and reaches in to
grab it. Once he closes his fist around it, he can’t get his hand back out of
the narrow opening. Now he’s stuck. He can’t free himself unless he lets go of
the nut, but because he’s afraid to lose it, he won’t let go.

What are you holding on to that is keeping you from moving forward? Is there a habit or physical object that you haven’t been able to let go of? Is fear keeping you from getting rid of something? Take a small risk to start out with – throw away or give away something you don’t like. Build up to larger risks and observe the effect they have on your life.

Organized by Marcie: Getting you organized so you have time to do what you love to do!

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