There’s a good chance you’ve heard of – maybe even read – the book by Marie Kondo: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Its core teaching? You touch each object you own and ask: Do I need it? Does it spark joy?
So when you’re done, you have a clutter-free home that you love.
I’d like to suggest that you can apply the same questions to your whole life.
We all have an inner compass. When that compass is pointing to our True North – what our soul desires – we feel good. We’re in alignment.
And when it’s not pointing to our True North, we feel bad. We’re out of alignment.
So how do we get (and keep) our inner compass aligned?
By following our joy.
Now, of course, there are some things that we need to do.
But in everything else – and even in those “essential” things – can we ask ourselves: Does this give me joy?
And if not… what would?
How can we shift things just a little to get into alignment?
To make this easier, follow the Feel Better Project process:
Ask: How am I feeling right now?
Then sit with that feeling; be OK with it.
Finally, ask: What can I do to feel just a little bit better?
Or… how can I shift to find joy?
So… stay aware of everything you are doing throughout the day.
Checking Facebook: Does it spark joy? If not, what else can I do?
Watching TV: Does it spark joy? It not, what else can I do?
Eating breakfast: Does it spark joy? How can I eat breakfast differently?
Taking to my team at work: Does it spark joy? How can I see that interaction differently?
The more you adjust our compass – the more we stay in alignment – the more positive momentum we build up and the bigger the snowball of joy becomes.
Try it and see what happens.