― Fernando Sabino
During a recent zoom, my camera angle was different and I saw the shelf behind me with fresh eyes. I realized that I had gotten so used to it that I never really saw it consciously anymore, although subconsciously it bothered me every time I saw it (literally 1000s of times daily)!
Seeing it anew, I knew it was time for an upgrade. Within days I had bought and assembled a new shelf.
Mid upgrade process, I had to pause to attend to other appointments. I assessed the scene. My office was a total MESS.
I had decided some spare office supplies could go in my file cabinet, which meant cleaning out one of the drawers. So, in addition to having books piled everywhere and binders stacked, there were papers scattered all across the floor (many of which you don't see in the picture). While I hadn't liked the old situation, this was anything but better.
I reminded myself of the importance of staying the course and keeping both my why and new vision in focus. I remembered a favorite quote: “In the end, everything will be ok. If it's not ok, it's not yet the end." I didn't love this part AND knew it was a necessary step in creating what would come next.
It took a bit longer to finish, but when I stepped back again to assess the outcome, I felt happy with the results. Mostly, I felt good about having made a conscious choice to upgrade something in my environment that was a drain on my energy. Now it works, is easier to maintain, and doesn't bother the heck out of my subconscious!
I share this for two reasons:
1) May this inspire you to upgrade anything in your environment that could transform a toleration into a celebration.
2) May this remind you that in anything we do, change is often messy. There will be a period of transition in which the change is occurring. This period can be less desirable than what you started out with. In these times, enjoy the process best you can, keeping your eye on the prize, knowing that each action forward is bringing your desired upgrade into reality.
If you could use support in identifying energy drains and upgrades, taking action, and finding more ease navigating the messy phase, let's chat.
P.S. If this resonated with you today, jump into the rest of the 31-Days of Letting Go in the Coaching Collective for more upgrade ideas.
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