If were to ask you to use the item you identified for its intended purpose, how willing would you be to do it?
- If I asked you to write with your name using your pen, you'd probably write it
- If I asked you to take a swig of water from your bottle, you'd probably swig it
- If I asked you to please clip your nails (you know they need it), you'd probably clip them (I hope)
Let's assume that your pen is downstairs, buried in a drawer beneath a bunch of coupons (you know who you are), or that your water bottle is in the sink because it needs cleaned, and that your nail clippers are 'somewhere in the car.'
I still want you to perform those same simple tasks - write, swig, and clip - but how willing are you do them now?
Based on this scenario, the chances of you completing these tasks has dropped significantly - even though the actual task itself hasn't changed.
What has changed? The amount of friction (also known as inconvenience) that now stands between you and your ability to complete the task.
- You were willing to write with your pen if you could just grab it and go. But if you have to get up out of your chair and go look for it - then forget it!
- You were willing to take a drink a water as long as the bottle was within your reach. But if you have to go wash it first - you'd rather dehydrate!
- You were willing to clip your nails...you get the idea.
This action-destroying-monster pops its ugly head up in your life whenever and wherever you allow it. It can play a pretty significant role in your desire and ability to eat more healthy, be more productive, and generally kick butt!
But you're here, not because you want me to sing the praises of the many ways this beast slows you down, but because you want terminate the beast (in the nicest way possible)!
This LifeMap introduces you to a mindset known as clearing to neutral, which is nothing more than a tweak to the way your noggin' processes what to do when you complete a task.
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MAP CONTENT: Clear To Neutral“A place for everything and everything in its place.” - Unknown
Speak ItSpeak what’s below out loud, with enthusiasm, certainty, and belief. Improvise what you say as much as you want (actually, this is preferred). Visualize what you say - see it in your head before the words leave your lips. Brackets contain instructions that explain something specific to do.
What, Why, and How
- What often slows you down (or even prevents you) from taking action on a task are hurdles (even small ones) that stand in the way of simply starting the task:
- You probably won't cook a meal at home if you have to clean dishes and the kitchen (hurdles) before you can start cooking
- You probably won't exercise when you get home from work if you have to search for your shoes and clean your workout clothes (hurdles) before you can start
- You probably won't pay your bills if you have to find, open, and organize them all, as well as find and balance your checkbook first
- Clearing to neutral means that when you finish a task, you perform a simple routine where you setup your environment for the next time you need to perform that task, so you can begin doing it the next time with little to no friction (see graphic below).
- You setup your environment for next time by cleaning up what needs cleaned and putting things in their place.
- The best time to set up your environment for successfully doing a task next time is while you still have the momentum that comes from doing the task this time! You’re already moving, and you’re clear about what needs to be in place for next time.
- There's a fantastic sense of freedom that comes from knowing that you’ve set yourself up for success to complete important tasks in your life!
- It requires a lot less time and energy to clear things to neutral than it does to deal with the many consequences that come from putting important things off.
- When you leave your desk at the end of the day - you organize it to get tomorrow's work done
- When you cook something - you clean up your mess
- When you’re done with your computer - you close all programs
- When you wear it - you wash it or hang it up for next time
- When you empty something - you fill it back up
- When you eat out of something - you wash it
- When you sleep on your bed - you make it
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