The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
One of the most useful habits you can cultivate as a self-developer is to periodically cleanse your life of the elements that no longer serve you. If you don’t make this a priority, your life will slowly fill up with objects, ideas and people that belong to your past, not your present, and you will find it increasingly difficult to move forward.
If I were to ask you what you spend your money on each month, in detail, you might think me rude for asking such a personal question. But I bet you’d be able to answer me, if you wanted to, with fairly exact information about what your rent or mortgage costs, how much you pay for your car or your education or your Netflix subscription, how much you put aside for your next holiday or your retirement.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
This is a deceptively simple exercise that has surprising power to shift your mindset. It’s a quick way to get an overview of what’s important for you in your life, and thus is great to do in January when you’re anyway focused on your priorities for the upcoming year (aren’t you?).
This post is more of a journal entry that I’m sharing on Artist of Life. I now have the habit of writing myself this kind of ‘process post’ at regular intervals in the development of major projects. Partly these updates serve to check in with my original intention and to keep me on track.