Spring Cleaning
by Jim Stovall

Spring is the season of the year when many among us take it upon themselves to clean out closets, attics, garages, etc. I must admit that this time of year brings renewed hope and energy to me, but it has never presented me with an overwhelming desire to clean; however, as we explore the new life all around us, it can be a good time to do some very important spring cleaning as it relates to our lives.

Think of the old habits that we do for no reason other than we have always done them before, and explore which of these are keeping us from where we want to be. Many of our habits need spring cleaning. It is a great time of year to examine our habits and the way we invest our time, effort, and energy to determine whether these patterns are worth keeping or not.

Anything in your closet that you have not worn in a year can probably safely be discarded. Any habit that you have not thought about in a similar length of time needs to be drug out into the light of day and really explored for its value or lack thereof.

Just as two things cannot occupy the same space and the universe will not allow a void to exist, a bad habit or nonproductive one needs to be replaced with a good habit. Psychologists tell us that anything we do for 21 days will begin to become a habit. This is to say that on the 22nd day, if you do not perform the ritual activity it will seem as if something is missing.

If we are, indeed, creatures of habit -- which we are -- it is incumbent upon us to form good habits. All creatures in the animal kingdom have habits. They are called instincts. We have the privilege, among all creatures, of determining what our habits will be.

You are one quality decision away from anything you want because you change your life when you change your mind. When you change your mind, you will change your habits, and changing your habits will inevitably change your life.

Today's the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author, columnist, and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082, or by e-mail at JimStovall@aol.com.

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