Let Go of Your Attachment to Your “Stuff”!

In my last blog, “Don’t Let “Stuff” Get in Your Way of Success”, I talked about the importance of getting “stuff” or clutter out of your life so you can be more organized and productive, which are keys to being an effective leader.

In Scott Hunter’s most recent blog, “Let Go of All Attachments”, he talks about letting go of attachments to how you want things and people to be.  When you don’t do this, it can surely lead to dissatisfaction and unhappiness.  What about your attachments to “stuff”?

How many of you want to clean your office or your home but are having trouble getting rid of your stuff?  Do you think you can’t live without certain things? You think you may need it someday?  You think you may insult someone if you get rid of it?  Time goes on and you never use it or need it?  Things keep piling up and begin to look “cluttered.”  Why can’t you let it go?

I invite you to consider that you may be “attached” to your stuff.  If you look underneath it, you’re probably attached to the story that goes with the stuff and this is what’s preventing you from letting go. Also, some people become intertwined with their objects and they become who they are. They may define themselves in part by what they own or have in their possession, such as, in their office.  Could any of this be true for you?

I’ll share a personal example.  In preparation for my upcoming marriage, I had to get rid of a lot of my household stuff, even rent out my cozy little condo.  I found myself struggling to let go and soon realized it was because of the “stories” that went with many of these things.  This formed an attachment that made it hard for me to let go. Not letting go makes it difficult to move forward.  Do you have any stories about your stuff that prevent you from letting go?

If so, here are my tips for you if you’re having trouble letting go of stuff:

AWARENESS

Take time to step back and reflect on what’s going on.  What is your story?  Why is this stuff important to you?  What is really important to you?  Do you “need” this stuff?  With an objective awareness of what’s going on, you can do step #2.

REFRAME

How can you look at this differently so you can let go of your attachment to your stuff?

For me, I focused on how much someone else would enjoy the things I really no longer needed.  For some, it’s realizing it’s just stuff that will end up in a dump someday.

LET GO WITH GUSTO!

Enjoy the freedom, energy, and focus that comes from letting go of your “stuff”!