I was recently reading a book which exposed some basic things that prevent people from achieving their goals one of which was a clutter.
By definition, clutter is a confused disordered humble of things. In another instance, a clutter could also refer to background noises or echoes which could permeate one’s mind or psyche effortlessly and needlessly.
So you’d understand my point, let’s quickly take a walk to the garden.
You will notice sometimes that whenever a garden or lawn is deserted for a while, weeds and other useless plants take over which inhibits the growth of crops and disallows fruition. So also, is it with our minds, whenever it is left for a long while, it background noises which I mentioned aforetime comes to play making it a “tug of war” for us to living successful minds.
By nature and based on psychological evaluation, we have both the conscious and the subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is more of the seat of intelligence which guides or process of decision making among others. The subconscious mind on the other hand, though not too active like its conscious counterpart is always at alert waking for an opportunity to strike. This is especially when it is able to win in the war.
What I am trying to say in essence is that we must condition our minds so several weeds (cluster) won’t preoccupy our minds and make us lose sight of our goals and the lofty heights we have at one time or the other dreamed of our envisioned.
What then are examples of clutter?
Some common of an example of clutter is feeling that we must be liked by everyone, trying to be a people pleaser, giving up on ourselves too quickly, procrastination etc. There are some other examples as the list is endless and inexhaustible.
So how then do we put off this clutter knowing that its effect is strong and it’s varied enough to make one fall? Putting off a clutter through realistic and achievable isn’t a thing that can be achieved in a hurry or just within the snap of a finger. It takes effort and time.
It is, however, possible by putting the following into practice:
1. Setting deadlines and realistic goals,
2. Practising the art of mindfulness,
3. Developing your mind by reading, journalling or other necessities,
4. Watching your thought pattern,
5. Developing good habits and behaviour.
Through this, we can learn to overcome the clutter clouding our minds without stress.
Writer: Momoh, Emmanuel Omeiza