Exactly, when do you hit the wall? Yes, at one time or another, we all reach our own breaking point, and it is precisely then, that we realize we’ve had enough of a situation. This is the perfect moment in time that we have an opportunity to change our behavior.
Pay attention my friends, there are glaring signals.
Maybe you’re sick and tired of repeatedly losing your phone or misplacing your keys and glasses.
Or, perhaps it’s when you’ve missed an important doctor’s appointment or a business conference call because you never wrote it down, you forgot. There’s more…You never had time to pick up the dry cleaning, you double-booked your dinner plans with friends, and you can’t find your checkbook. You’re angry at yourself and probably a little embarrassed and ashamed of being so lax and disorganized.
Or worse, you often incur financial penalties because you bounced a check, or failed to pay a bill on time, again.
Or worse still, your disorganization caused your child to suffer. He/she may have been excluded from joining a sports team or a school trip, because you missed the registration deadline or neglected to sign the proper forms.
Just maybe… that could be the last straw. Enough is enough.
Does this sound like you?
The good news is that the breaking point is usually the best instigator for change. It wears you down both mentally and physically. But each of us have our own threshold for the zero hour and individual perspectives of when a situation is critical. Some of us react to our inner alert sooner than later, while others might delay until they are already in a full-blown crisis mode. The scenario might look something like this;
- Most countertops are cluttered with miscellaneous items that belong elsewhere.
- Neglected incoming mail has accumulated to overwhelming paper piles.
- Spare bedrooms have turned into a dumping ground for anything you don’t know what to do with.
- Stepping over both dirty and clean laundry piles everywhere.
- Passing by puddles of stuff on the steps that are awaiting their eventual journey upstairs.
- Tripping over shoes and sandals in random places, some without their sole-mates.
- Gathering half-drunk water bottles, unfinished snacks, and empty bowls in high traffic areas.
The bottom line is when “busy” integrates with “later, ” chaos ensues rather quickly. Life only works, until it doesn’t, and no one can make you care about what you don’t care about it. It’s that simple. When you hit the wall, you will know. It will be abundantly clear. When you’re ready, you’re simply ready.
But just recognizing the symptoms and acknowledging that you’ve had enough, may not be sufficient. If you are a self-motivated person, your desperation will probably fuel you to take action and implement change.
But if you need support and more motivation, don’t beat yourself up for it.
Enlist help from a trained professional who can provide the steps to help you organize and gain back some control. Going it alone may be ineffective.
Make no mistake about it, restoring order in the house is much more about life-balance than it is about merely organizing your possessions. Sometimes situations need to get worse before they can get better. Reverse the cycle; break down only to reconstruct. Convert the breaking point into positive change. Take it as an opportunity to begin anew with better and more sustainable systems. You will not only see a physical change but feel a significant emotional one as well.
So when is your “enough?” What steps will you need to take to affect positive change? Reach out and get the support you need.