Everyone has irritating things going on in their lives that can be infuriating if they let their minds dwell on them. Often it is just a small thing that the mind has blown out of all proportion. The mind, being creative, thinks the dilemma as being worse than it is, it imagines the situation in its worst possible outcome. But the solution is always obvious; you always have the answer and you are always capable of putting into place those things needed to achieve a positive outcome.
Every day I take my dog for two walks; once in the morning and again in the evening. My normal walk is a “thinking walk”. The key to a good “thinking walk” is to start off by clearing all thoughts that you have been dwelling on from your mind; these thoughts may be blocking your thought energy. Thoughts exist in compartments of the mind, like small boxes, you can close these boxes and re-open them later if you choose, by closing each thought your mind becomes an empty template; it then almost yearns for some creative ideas.
Suddenly a thought will come into your mind (something new and unexpected), if you do not want to focus on this thought then close it; another one will certainly occur. At some point you will choose to develop a thought and you will be amazed how creative your mind is. The important thing is to let your mind work; do not try to control it. You can add a scenario; but you must not consciously play it through; your creative mind will lead you to the best outcome.
I have been dwelling on how cluttered my life is with other peoples stuff. There is a stagnant part of my mind that no longer has the energy to think positively about the situation or do anything about it. There appears to be no solution to the problem.
Today I thought about “the importance of doing small things” and the importance of not putting things off. I have been working on organizing my life. My mind tells me that my world has become cluttered because of things that I have not done.
I think about what I am going to do next, I place a scenario in my mind then I allow my mind some free-thinking time about a range of different outcomes, I can disappear into a world of thought. Eventually I can visualize each step needed to reach a successful outcome. Often the pathway I am led down is a complete surprise to me, but on contemplation it is so obvious that I am amazed that I did not see it before.
Don’t underestimate the importance of doing small things; it is small things that make up the whole. It is with this thought that I will deal with some issues in my life.
I have a country house that is full of other peoples stuff. Things that are being stored forever, things that people no longer want. It makes me mad to think that I will have to clear out other peoples stuff. I don’t want to do it, so I put it off.
Is this the right way to think?
The situation is not getting any worse there is no more stuff being added to the stuff that is already there, but the situation is not improving and I am still annoyed about it.
My thoughts are my responsibility. I am the only one who can control them. I am perfectly capable of turning a negative thought into a positive thought; I just need to apply myself to the task of thinking and then to the task of doing.
I need to take some responsibility; the cluttering up of the house is really partly my fault; I have actually agreed to have some stuff stored at the house and have helped to deliver it there; I just didn’t realize that it would be there after two years. I have also been inactive in asking people to move their own stuff and now they are no longer in a position to move it themselves. Instead of blaming other people for the situation I am in, (a negative thought that does not improve the situation). I am now in control, because I can acknowledge my responsibility to myself.
The task of de-cluttering my country home is a big undertaking, but all that I need to do is focus on one room at a time and each time I visit the house I can fill one rubbish bag with stuff; I can either take it to the local tip or I can put it to one side if the stuff can be sold. If my thoughts become negative I can visualize the room as it will be when it is cleared and I can see myself showing people around the house feeling proud that the house is in good order.
Once the task of de-cluttering my house is complete I will no longer have to think about it, I will no longer be annoyed. I can close off all those aggravating compartments in my mind. Clearing the house can be a metaphor for de-cluttering my life, if I apply the same thought patterns to other issues.
Whenever a problem arises in your life it is you that has the solution.

Author's Bio: 

Mike Edwards is the author of The Natural Pattern an e-book that links success principles to Nature and the innate ability of humans to think creatively. The book is reviewed and available for purchase from www.naturalpattern.webs.com

Mike is also the co-author of a range of education resources designed to help children pass UK 11+ entrance tests. Links to free on-line demo material are on his expert page.